ROLEX | REFERENCE 6205 'SMALL CROWN' SUBMARINER A STAINLESS STEEL AUTOMATIC WRISTWATCH WITH CENTER SECONDS, CIRCA 1955
20,000 - 30,000 USD
REFERENCE 6205 'SMALL CROWN' SUBMARINER
A STAINLESS STEEL AUTOMATIC WRISTWATCH WITH CENTER SECONDS, CIRCA 1955
Caliber: automatic jeweled
Movement number: 49264
Case: stainless steel Rolex Oyster case, screw down case back
Case number: 85972
Signed: case, dial and movement
Case in good overall condition with surface wear, scratches and previous polish in our view. Please note the associate nato strap and buckle are not branded. Backs of lugs with some scratches. Bezel insert likely replaced and with wear, especially at 12. Visible scratch to the bezel between 30-40.
Dial with patina and wear throughout. Some surface spotting. Dial likely cleaned.
The movement is running at time of cataloging, however it was not tested for the accuracy of time or duration of the power reserve and may need service at the buyer's discretion. Please note that Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement.
The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The online condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance purposes only. The images of the lot also form part of the online condition report for the lot provided by Sotheby's. Any reference to condition in the online condition report does not amount to a full description of condition. The online condition report may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the online condition report of the lot or shown in the online images of the lot (for example, the online condition report 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. The online condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation but rather the online condition report is a statement of subjective, qualified opinion (for example, information regarding colour, clarity and weight of gemstones are statements of opinion only and not statements of fact). Please also note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and wrist bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. In addition, certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot (for example, the online images may represent colours and shades which are different to the lot's actual colour and shades). For these reasons, the online condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. Prospective buyers should also refer to the Buying at Auction guide which includes important notices concerning the type of property in this sale. 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. Please be advised that wristbands 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. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE/BUSINESS APPLICABLE TO THE RESPECTIVE SALE.
Often considered to be one of the rarest and most sought-after Submariner models ever produced, reference 6205 was exclusively available in 1954 and 1955 and made in an exceedingly small series, with only some models featured the designation “Submariner” on the dial.
Preceded by the other so-called “small crown” Submariner, reference 6204, reference 6205 introduced a number of new improvements, including the increased depth resistance of 100 meters, a larger 6mm crown for increased usability, luminous dot hour markers, Mercedes style hands and a large seconds hand. The bezels featured a silver triangle, without the first 15 minutes, only five minute intervals. The black lacquered dials with gilt printing are highly attractive and omit the depth rating typically found near 6 o’clock.