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ROLEX | 'BIG CROWN' SUBMARINER, REF 6538STAINLESS STEEL WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET AND TROPICAL DIAL CIRCA 1958

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150,000 - 300,000 CHF
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  • 'BIG CROWN' SUBMARINER, REF 6538STAINLESS STEEL WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET AND TROPICAL DIAL CIRCA 1958 
Dial: brown, tropicalCalibre: cal. 1035 automatic, 25 jewelsMovement number: DN'775'122Case: stainless steel, screw-down crown and backCase number: 426'315Closure: stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet and folding claspDimensions: 37 mm, bracelet circumference approx. 180 mmSigned: case, dial and movement Accessories: none 

Catalogue Note

The Rolex Submariner arguably stands among the most iconic wristwatches of all time for a very good reason, as it has been defining the design language for all diving watches since its inception in 1953. The most acclaimed Submariner reference is without question the 6538, which was closely associated with James Bond after legendary actor Sean Connery notoriously wore the watch in the “Dr No”, “From Russia with Love”, “Goldfinger” and “Thunderball” classic movies. The ‘Big Crown’ Submariner was produced between 1956 and 1959 in two technically distinct yet visually similar versions: while both rely on the cal. 1035, the ‘four liner’ dial is paired with a COSC-certified movement as opposed to the ‘two-liner’ non-Chronometer Certified model. 

The present tropical Submariner ref. 6538 was manufactured in 1958 and is a watch of all superlatives, encompassing a host of extraordinary features collectors are longing for. Its two-liner meters first dial is strikingly well preserved and displays a rich brown patina, further-embellished by the warm eggshell hue of the thick indexes. However, the dial expresses all its glory under the sunlight, revealing the most intricate spidering effect to its glossy surface as the watch is tilted. As the devil is in the details, collectors will furthermore appreciate the matching rare set of hands, which includes the highly desirable white lollipop traditionally observed on the COSC model.  

The case does not disappoint either as it perfectly supports the gravitas of the dial, with strong proportions and clearly defined bevels. It is additionally fitted with a beautifully preserved last generation red triangle bezel insert, a true rarity in this condition. Finally, the case is adorned with the signature 8mm oversized Brevet crown, making the present ‘Big Crown’ Submariner an exceptional opportunity to own a unique and important example of an all-time classic.
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