2309
2309
Rolex
SUBMARINER "BIG CROWN FOUR LINE", REFERENCE 6538 A STAINLESS STEEL WRISTWATCH WITH GILT DIAL AND BIG LOGO BRACELET, CIRCA 1957
Estimate
1,600,0003,200,000
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2309
Rolex
SUBMARINER "BIG CROWN FOUR LINE", REFERENCE 6538 A STAINLESS STEEL WRISTWATCH WITH GILT DIAL AND BIG LOGO BRACELET, CIRCA 1957
Estimate
1,600,0003,200,000
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Details & Cataloguing

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SUBMARINER "BIG CROWN FOUR LINE", REFERENCE 6538 A STAINLESS STEEL WRISTWATCH WITH GILT DIAL AND BIG LOGO BRACELET, CIRCA 1957
Dial: black gilt
Calibre: cal. 1030 automatic, 25 jewels
Movement number: N724256 
Case: stainless steel case, screw down case back
Case number: 307'167
Closure: stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet with folding clasp
Size: 37 mm diameter, bracelet circumference approximately 180 mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
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Catalogue Note

The watch above, the Rolex reference 6538 Big Crown Submariner, typifies the desires of today's market. Produced from 1955, the 6538 became the newest member in what was to become the most famous lineage of wristwatches ever made. This particular example, stamped 'III.57' to the inside case back, was manufactured in the third quarter of 1957.

The reference, as its nickname suggests, is famous for its iconic 8mm Brevet crown, un-flanked by crown guards, making it instantly recognisable as a vintage reference and yet easily discernible from the other iterations of Submariner to which it was successor, and now, predecessor. It is set apart also by its slightly thinner case, made possible by the introduction of a new calibre, calibre 1030.

The dial is elevated by four lines of text, as opposed to the more common two, above the index at 6 o'clock – the four lines utilise three different typefaces and, importantly, three different colours. The depth rating is printed in white, 'Submariner' is gilt (in the same fashion as the Rolex Coronet or the outer minute track) and the Officially Certified Chronometer printed in a grey hue.

Given the combination of the above features, the present lot is guaranteed to be revered by experienced collectors and novices alike. The case is very crisp with very sharp beveled edges. The insert still retains its red triangle and pearl. The watch is a highly charismatic example with exceptional character throughout.

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