Lot 2306
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ROLEX | SUBMARINER "SMALL CROWN FOUR LINE", REFERENCE 6536/1 A STAINLESS STEEL WRISTWATCH WITH TROPICAL GILT DIAL AND BRACELET, CIRCA 1957

Estimate
630,000 - 1,400,000 HKD
Sold
812,500 HKD
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Description

  • SUBMARINER "SMALL CROWN FOUR LINE", REFERENCE 6536/1 A STAINLESS STEEL WRISTWATCH WITH TROPICAL GILT DIAL AND BRACELET, CIRCA 1957
Dial: black gilt Calibre: cal. 1030 automatic, 25 jewels Movement number: N735663 Case: stainless steel, screw down case back Case number: 306'308 Closure: stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet and folding clasp Size: 37.5 mm diameter, bracelet circumference approximately 178 mm Signed: case, dial and movement Accessories: Rolex presentation case

Catalogue Note

Like the Reference 6538 the Submariner Reference 6536/1 takes its place among some of the most important and desirable Rolex models ever produced. So similar are the 6536 and 6538 that it has retained the ‘James Bond’ nickname although it never strictly appeared in a film. Pre-dating the introduction of crown guards, the 6536 is characterised by its thinner profile and small crown, and is recognised as a transitional reference between the earliest examples and the ‘Big Crown’ references. From the construction of the watches in this period it is clear to see that the design was evolving reference by reference, and as such the aesthetic is particularly Bauhaus. It is this perhaps that makes these models so highly sought after by collectors.

This particular example features strong proportions through out the case. The dial too is in wonderful and original condition, and excitingly is starting to change colour, having currently a very deep but rich brown colour. The hands have been changed at service, but their colour has been made to match the indexes therefore not in anyway detracting from its overall aesthetic, the watch is further retaining its original bracelet and stamped for the 4th quarter of 1957.

What elevates this small crown completely are the four lines of text above 6 o'clock, which is extremely rare to find on a 6536/1. This, in addition to its overall condition and stunning aesthetics, render this one of the greatest small crown Rolex Submariners.

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