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"
500,000 - 700,000 HKD
PROPERTY OF AN ASTUTE COLLECTOR
500,000 - 700,000 HKD
PROPERTY OF AN ASTUTE COLLECTOR
SUBMARINER ' JAMES BOND SMALL CROWN', REFERENCE 6536
A STAINLESS STEEL WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET, CIRCA 1957
Submariner "James Bond Small Crown" 型號6536
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
The movement is in working condition at the time of cataloguing. The plexi glass with some crazing that can only be seen under certain light. The dial is in very good condition with a nice ageing effect. There is some minor spotting throughout the dial with aging but this gives the watch good character. The lumes have aged consistently with the hands and all have gone pumpkin colour throughout. The lumes react well under UV and the 6 o'clock numeral is still reacting much brighter than the rest, which is how Rolex intended it to be. The insert with red triangle with surface wear throughout but is intact and the aging is more than consistent with the watch. The case with surface wear throughout but with nice beveled edges. The case back with very crisp milled edge and only minor surface wear. The inside case back is stamped for the third quarter of 1957. There is some very light minor pitting to the case underneath the case back. The bracelet is in very attractive condition and it is stamped for the 2nd quarter of 1966. The numbers between the lugs are good. Overall a very attractive and nice original example of a 6536. The Geiger counter also gives a very high reading when used on the dial.
Please note that the movement has not been tested for the accuracy of time and may need a service at the buyer's expense. Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement and we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts.
You are advised that watch straps or bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator or crocodile) are not sold with the watch and we reserve the right to remove these straps or bands prior to shipping. Furthermore, the watch may not come with its original manufacturers strap or band.
Prospective bidders should review the Conditions of Business, Authenticity Guarantee, the Guide for Prospective Buyers, and any Important Notice in the sale catalogue.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. All dimensions in catalogue descriptions are approximate. Condition reports may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome. Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. Please note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and leather bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
**Please be advised that bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping."
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.