View full screen - View 1 of Lot 35. 'James Bond Small Crown' Submariner, Ref. 6536/1 Stainless steel wristwatch with bracelet Circa 1955 | 勞力士6536/1型號「'James Bond Small Crown' Submariner」精鋼鍊帶腕錶,年份約1955.
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Rolex

'James Bond Small Crown' Submariner, Ref. 6536/1 Stainless steel wristwatch with bracelet Circa 1955 | 勞力士6536/1型號「'James Bond Small Crown' Submariner」精鋼鍊帶腕錶,年份約1955

VAT applies to hammer price and buyer's premium

Estimate:

20,000

to
- 35,000 CHF

Property of the family of the original owner

Rolex

Rolex

'James Bond Small Crown' Submariner, Ref. 6536/1 Stainless steel wristwatch with bracelet Circa 1955 | 勞力士6536/1型號「'James Bond Small Crown' Submariner」精鋼鍊帶腕錶,年份約1955

'James Bond Small Crown' Submariner, Ref. 6536/1 Stainless steel wristwatch with bracelet Circa 1955 | 勞力士6536/1型號「'James Bond Small Crown' Submariner」精鋼鍊帶腕錶,年份約1955

Estimate:

20,000

to
- 35,000 CHF

Lot sold:

25,200

CHF

Property of the family of the original owner

Rolex

'James Bond Small Crown' Submariner, Ref. 6536/1

Stainless steel wristwatch with bracelet

Circa 1955

勞力士6536/1型號「'James Bond Small Crown' Submariner」精鋼鍊帶腕錶,年份約1955


Dial: black

Calibre: cal. 1030 automatic, 25 jewels

Movement number: N'574'096

Case: stainless steel, screw-down back

Case number: 112'256

Closure: stainless steel Rolex Jubilee bracelet and folding clasp

Dimensions: 37.5 mm

Signed: case, dial and movement

Box: no

Papers: no  

Accessories: none

MVT: is running at the time of cataloguing.


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.

This model is one of the most important and desirable Rolex watches ever produced. It was introduced in 1955, only two years after the launch of the legendary divers’ wristwatch. As demonstrated by the date stamped inside its caseback (“4 55”), the present lot is an early example and was produced during the 4th quarter of the year the model was introduced. The reference’s production began during the late manufacturing of the reference 6200 and was produced alongside its sister reference, the ‘Big Crown’ 6538. The reference 6536 boasts a 100m water-resistance as well as a thin case, borrowed from the early 6205.


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, providing an elegant touch to the world famous tool watch.


This present example of the Reference 6536 displays nicely patinated radium indexes which contrast with the glossy black dial. Another intriguing detail can be found in the gilt Swiss only two-line dial, with the silvered 100m depth indication and the golden Submariner signature contrasting underneath.

While the present watch was used and enjoyed by its original owner as it was meant to, the case still retains good proportions. Unlike most of the Submariners, it is fitted on a Jubilee bracelet, stamped for 1960, offering an appealing combination to this specimen.


This piece was until today unknown to the market. It was kept with the family of the original owner, an English gentleman who, interestingly, was part of the creative team of one of the biggest TV shows of its time: “Z Cars”, the famous police series produced by the BBC between 1962 and 1978.