Bonhams : Rolex. An Extremely rare and historically important stainless steel 'Explorer 3-9 dial' Automatic wristwatch with triple calendar and moonphaseRef: 6062, circa 1953
Rolex. An Extremely rare and historically important stainless steel 'Explorer 3-9 dial' Automatic wristwatch with triple calendar and moonphaseRef: 6062, circa 1953

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Rolex. An Extremely rare and historically important stainless steel 'Explorer 3-9 dial' Automatic wristwatch with triple calendar and moonphase
Ref: 6062, circa 1953

Sold for US$ 250,000 inc. premium

The Art of Time

4 Dec 2017, 10:00 EST

New York

Rolex. An Extremely rare and historically important stainless steel 'Explorer 3-9 dial' Automatic wristwatch with triple calendar and moonphase
Reference: 6062
Date: circa 1953
Movement: 19-jewel Cal. 9 3/4''', No. 10316
Dial: matte silver and silver circular guilloché subdials dial with applied gold luminous Arabic numeral and pyramid hour-markers, constant seconds subdial, day, month, and moonphase apertures, date outer ring; gold luminous dauphine hands
Case: screw-down crown, correctors, and screw-down caseback bearing 'Modele Depose' and 'Registered Design', Case No. 942633
Strap/Bracelet: Rolex stainless steel Oyster bracelet
Buckle/Clasp: folding clasp
Signed: dial, inner caseback, crown, and movement
Size: 36mm
Accompaniments: an associated Rolex 1950's box

Footnotes

  • Originally sold as 'Cosmograph (Oyster Perpetual)' and marketed as a 'Red Seal' Chronometer, the Ref. 6062 has become part of the pantheon of Rolex watches.

    One of only two Rolex models featuring the combination of triple calendar and moonphase complications, the other being the non-Oyster case and snap-on caseback, slightly larger 38mm Ref. 8171, which was manufactured one year apart from the Ref. 6062, from 1949-1952. While around 1000 Ref. 8171's were manufactured in all metals, the total output of the Ref. 6062 was less than half at an estimated 350-450 total watches made. Of those only approximately 100 watches were made in stainless steel in 1953, and of those less than one third are known to the market.

    The Ref. 6062 was the first automatic wristwatch manufactured by any company to feature the aforementioned complications in a waterproof case; designed for daily use in any situation. Worn by its original owner every day for 40 years as Rolex intended: as a 'tool watch', the present lot is being offered by the family of the original owner and is in its all original and unrestored condition, including the original 'Explorer 3-9' dial, case, 'Twinlock' screw-down crown, hands, bezel, caseback bearing still 'legible text bearing 'Modele Depose"" and ""Registered Design' which is and internally stamped III.53, 9/34''', 19-jewel movement, and crystal. This is the first time the present lot has been offered since the original owner purchased it approximately 64 years ago.

    Like all stainless steel Ref. 6062's, the present lot features a two-tone silver dial with a matte silver center and silver date outer ring giving the dial a 3-dimensional effect. It also features the less common gold-colored hour-markers and hands, giving it a greater contrast compared to the silver-colored variations of the stainless steel Ref. 6062's. The present lot is fitted with a later Rolex Oyster bracelet No. 78360 with No. 580 endlinks.

    There are two variations of the present lot illustrated in Rolex Encyclopedia by Mondani Family, 2015, pgs. 154 - 155
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Rolex. An Extremely rare and historically important stainless steel 'Explorer 3-9 dial' Automatic wristwatch with triple calendar and moonphaseRef: 6062, circa 1953
Rolex. An Extremely rare and historically important stainless steel 'Explorer 3-9 dial' Automatic wristwatch with triple calendar and moonphaseRef: 6062, circa 1953
Rolex. An Extremely rare and historically important stainless steel 'Explorer 3-9 dial' Automatic wristwatch with triple calendar and moonphaseRef: 6062, circa 1953
Rolex. An Extremely rare and historically important stainless steel 'Explorer 3-9 dial' Automatic wristwatch with triple calendar and moonphaseRef: 6062, circa 1953
Rolex. An Extremely rare and historically important stainless steel 'Explorer 3-9 dial' Automatic wristwatch with triple calendar and moonphaseRef: 6062, circa 1953
Rolex. An Extremely rare and historically important stainless steel 'Explorer 3-9 dial' Automatic wristwatch with triple calendar and moonphaseRef: 6062, circa 1953
Rolex. An Extremely rare and historically important stainless steel 'Explorer 3-9 dial' Automatic wristwatch with triple calendar and moonphaseRef: 6062, circa 1953
Rolex. An Extremely rare and historically important stainless steel 'Explorer 3-9 dial' Automatic wristwatch with triple calendar and moonphaseRef: 6062, circa 1953
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