View 1 of Lot 2129. ROLEX | SUBMARINER ' JAMES BOND SMALL CROWN', REFERENCE 6536, A STAINLESS STEEL WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET, CIRCA 1957 | 勞力士 | "Submariner ""James Bond Small Crown"" 型號6536  精鋼鏈帶腕錶,錶殼編號398558,約1957年製".
View 1 of Lot 2129. ROLEX | SUBMARINER ' JAMES BOND SMALL CROWN', REFERENCE 6536, A STAINLESS STEEL WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET, CIRCA 1957 | 勞力士 | "Submariner ""James Bond Small Crown"" 型號6536  精鋼鏈帶腕錶,錶殼編號398558,約1957年製".
2129

ROLEX | SUBMARINER ' JAMES BOND SMALL CROWN', REFERENCE 6536, A STAINLESS STEEL WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET, CIRCA 1957 | 勞力士 | "Submariner ""James Bond Small Crown"" 型號6536 精鋼鏈帶腕錶,錶殼編號398558,約1957年製"

Estimate:

500,000 - 700,000 HKD

PROPERTY OF AN ASTUTE COLLECTOR

ROLEX | SUBMARINER ' JAMES BOND SMALL CROWN', REFERENCE 6536, A STAINLESS STEEL WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET, CIRCA 1957 | 勞力士 | "Submariner ""James Bond Small Crown"" 型號6536 精鋼鏈帶腕錶,錶殼編號398558,約1957年製"

ROLEX | SUBMARINER ' JAMES BOND SMALL CROWN', REFERENCE 6536, A STAINLESS STEEL WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET, CIRCA 1957 | 勞力士 | "Submariner ""James Bond Small Crown"" 型號6536 精鋼鏈帶腕錶,錶殼編號398558,約1957年製"

Estimate:

500,000 - 700,000 HKD

Lot sold:

604,800

HKD

PROPERTY OF AN ASTUTE COLLECTOR

ROLEX

勞力士


SUBMARINER ' JAMES BOND SMALL CROWN', REFERENCE 6536

A STAINLESS STEEL WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET, CIRCA 1957

Submariner "James Bond Small Crown" 型號6536

精鋼鏈帶腕錶,錶殼編號398558,約1957年製


Dial: gilt

Calibre: cal. 1030 automatic, 25 jewels

Case: stainless steel, screw down case back

Case number: 398'558

Closure: stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet and folding clasp

Size: 38 mm diameter, bracelet circumference approximately 185 mm

Signed: case, dial and movement

Playing testimony to the dynamic evolution of the Rolex Submariner, the Reference 6536 reflects the zeitgeist of the exploration culture in the 1950s, encapsulating ideas of modernity, innovation and functionality.


Associated with the series of ‘James Bond’ Rolex Submariners, the reference 6536 is also fondly known as the ‘Small Crown’ because of its 6 mm winding crown which stands out with the absence of crown guards as this would have accommodated gear-wearing divers and pilots. Created around the same period, the reference 6536 distinguishes itself from the reference 6538 ‘Big Crown’ which contains the 8 mm winding crown.


This present example of the Reference 6536 displays coppery radium indexes and hands which contrast with the black dial. Compared to other versions which are fitted with a white lollipop sweep-seconds hand, this present example is instead brazen, matching the other two hands. Aging finely, the present dial features a speckled finish which complements the mirror-effect of the glossy dial, imbuing the watch with individual charm. Another intriguing detail can be found in the two-line text, with the depth indication oxidised to a gray colour and the golden Submariner signature contrasting underneath. This variation also includes a bidirectional bezel which indicates 15-minute markers and a vivid red triangle at the top.


Contributing to the deep history of the Rolex Submariner, the reference 6536 reserves a special place in the hearts of vintage watch collectors and the present example has a very crisp case with well defined bevels, stamped for the 3rd quarter of 1957 on the inside case back, correct insert, beautiful dial and an extremely high reading on the Geiger counter.