Charismatic, spectacular, stunning, and enchanting are just a few of the many superlatives that can be used to describe this reference 6538 from 1959. Not only is the present lot all original with the correct dial, bezel and winding crown, but it is also in absolute stunning condition with hardly any signs of wear and polishing. Quite simply, it is without any doubt, a dream “Big Crown” Submariner for collectors in terms of condition and aesthetic beauty. The dial is a work of art unto itself, with small but defining important details that make it, in our opinion, the most important reference 6538 known in the collecting community. The original black lacquer dial has aged to a superb and uniform chocolate color highlighted by the cream color of the indexes and hands. Exceptionally, the glossy nature of the dial is immaculate and absolutely well preserved, with no cracks, losses, or fading that is usually found on such dials. Furthermore, four lines on the dial make a connoisseur’s heart beat faster: most earlier examples of the Submariner 6538 featured two lines, "200m = 660ft" and "SUBMARINER". The present watch displays the words "OFFICIALLY CERTIFIED CHRONOMETER", on two lines below "SUBMARINER". Interestingly the four lines are printed in different fonts and colors. The depth rating is printed in silver, while the model name is gilt (as well as the coronet, "ROLEX" and "OYSTER PERPETUAL" and the outer track with minute markings). The last two lines are in a greyish-white color and with thinner letters. The reference 6538 is known by two nick names, the "James Bond" due to the watch's appearance on Sean Connery’s wrist in Dr. No, and also by the Italian name for “big crown” or “Coroncione”.The example offered here is a collector’s best opportunity to acquire a legendary watch that has survived the passage of time in such pristine condition, with a tropical dial that has aged in the most superb manner. Currently, the present watch holds the record for the highest price ever realized at auction for a Submariner, further highlighting its importance. It is an ultimate trophy for collectors of rare Rolex sports watches.
An extremely rare and highly attractive stainless steel wristwatch with centre seconds, tropical brown “four liner” dial and bracelet
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
*Case/Bracelet: The case is in very attractive condition and in our opinion has only seen moderate wear and very minor polishing. The bevels on the lugs are well defined and contrast superbly with the satin finished top surface of the surfaces. The stainless steel expandable Rolex Oyster bracelet measures approx 195mm max. and is excellent overall condition. *Dial: The dial of this Big Crown is simply breath-taking, it has aged to a graceful chocolate color accentuated by the cream indexes and hands. We cannot think of another example of this iconic model where condition and ageing are at such perfect, extremely high level. *Movement: The movement is in overall good condition and its rotor and bridges have developed a surprising and arresting aubergine hue.
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