Explorer, reference 6350 Montre bracelet en acier | Stainless steel wristwatch Vers 1953 | Circa 1953
Explorer, reference 6350
Montre bracelet en acier |
Stainless steel wristwatch
Vers 1953 |
Calibre: cal. 296 automatique, 18 rubis
Numéro de mouvement: 12'540
Boîtier: acier, fond vissé
Numéro de boîtier: 955'418
Fermoir: bracelet associé en cuir et boucle en acier
Dimensions: 36 mm
Signé: boîtier, mouvement et cadran
Accessoires: pochette de voyage Rolex
Calibre: cal. 296 automatique, 18 jewels
Movement number: 12'540
Case: stainless steel, screw-down back
Case number: 955'418
Closure: associated leather strap and stainless steel buckle
Dimensions: 36 mm
Signed: case, movement and dial
Accessories: Rolex travel pouch
Poids brut 53.80 g |
Gross weight 53.80 g
MVT : the movement is running at the time of cataloguing. The watch was recently serviced by a Rolex retailer.
CASE : retaining good proportions even though it was lightly polished in the past (mainly bottom right and upper left lugs). Both light and deeper scratches and dings throughout consistent with regular use throughout its life.
DIAL : in overall attractive condition. Gilt writing well preserved. Luminescent material showing attractive patina. Some losses to the ones at 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 10, 11. The gilt hands likely relumed a long time ago.
The 6350 is a key reference in the history of the celebrated Rolex Explorer.
It was the first one to bear the Explorer designation on its dial.
The 6350 was launched in 1953, the very year Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary reached the summit of Mount Everest. The watch was eventually released after the elusive 6150 and 6098, that were Precision only.
The 6350 was predominantly produced with a honeycomb dial. However, the present lot has fitted with the less seen gilt sleek dial. It bears the correct chapter ring and OCC, for officially Certified Chronometer, designation at 6 o'clock.
Its case was very robust for the time and developed to withstand extreme temperature, weather conditions and protect its cal. 296 movement.
The Explorer 6350 holds a central place in the history of Rolex. It was the genesis of the sport collections of Rolex. It paved the way to the Submariner, the GMT and the Daytona.