Rolex. A stainless steel automatic bracelet watch with tropical gilt dial  Submariner, Ref: 6536-1, Circa 1958

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Lot 118
Rolex. A stainless steel automatic bracelet watch with tropical gilt dial
Submariner, Ref: 6536-1, Circa 1958

Sold for £ 13,750 (US$ 17,096) inc. premium
Rolex. A stainless steel automatic bracelet watch with tropical gilt dial
Model: Submariner
Reference: 6536-1
Date: Circa 1958
Movement: 25-jewel Cal.1030 automatic, adjusted to 5 positions and temperatures, No.N85****
Dial: Tropicalised black gilt, luminous dot hour markers and baton quarters, outer minute divisions with five minute markers, gilt Mercedes hands with luminous inserts, centre seconds
Case: Brushed and polished tonneau form, screw down back and crown, inside back date coded IV 1958, bi-directional bezel with calibrated insert, No.398***
Strap/Bracelet: Fitted rivet 7206 Oyster link
Buckle/Clasp: Signed folding clasp, stamped 2 63
Signed: Case, dial & movement
Size: 38mm

Footnotes

  • The Submariner ref.6536-1 is one of the earlier Submariner references that was only produced for a few years whilst Rolex were perfecting the model. It went through numerous alterations before arriving at the noteworthy references 5512 and 5513, produced from 1959 and 1962 respectively. The 6536-1 has a thinner case than other models of the period but showcases the classic features of the early models; no crown guards (the small crown itself only allowing for water-resistancy up to 100m), the bezel insert has no minute markers for the first 15 minutes (such as would be found on later models) and a gilt dial. The popularity of pre-crown guard Submariners has surged in recent years, thanks in no small part to their presence in the James Bond favourites "Dr. No" and "Goldfinger".
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Rolex. A stainless steel automatic bracelet watch with tropical gilt dial  Submariner, Ref: 6536-1, Circa 1958
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