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Rolex A gorgeous and elegant Rolex Oyster Perpetual reference 6006 in pink gold with black dial coming from "The Mondani Collection of Rolex wristwatches" auction, 13th May 2006.

Estimation € 8,000 – 15,000

Model: Oyster Perpetual
Material: pink gold
Reference N°: 6006
Year: 1952
Case N°: 927300
Caliber: 520
Movement N°: A95988
Bracelet: Leather Strap
Dimensions: 29mm
Signed: Dial, Case and movement
Literature: This watch is illustrated in “Rolex, Collecting Wristwatches”, Osvaldo Patrizzi, 2001 Edition, p. 157

It was 1908 when the German Hans Wilsdorf coined the name Rolex giving life to what would become one of the most important watch industries of all time. The principles on which Rolex was and is still based today were those of research, experimentation, innovation and cutting-edge tests with scientific research, since Wilsdorf immediately realized that watches would become the future of the industry: soon tried to improve precision and efficiency of its creations and in 1926 he gave birth to a totally waterproof case. This innovation has been one of the founding elements of almost all Rolex production and is what lies at the base of the watch offered here. But being waterproof wasn’t quite enough to make the wristwatch the essential item that Wildorf believed it could be. If the crown had to be constantly unscrewed to wind the watch’s mechanism, there was a risk of the water resistance becoming compromised. So in 1931 Rolex introduced the world’s first self-winding mechanism with a free rotor and the Oyster Perpetual heralded a new era of convenience and functionality. The fascinating tonneau-shaped case in pink gold of the lot offered here is the incarnation of the ideas and dreams of Hans Wilsdorf. Its slick bezel with screw back shows a very crisp satin finish, the gorgeous black lacquered dial is totally intact without craquès; the dagger and triangles numerals in pink gold lloks like if they are directing our gaze towards the center of the dial and admiring the beautiful dauphine hands with central luminous material. The subsidiary seconds at 6 o’clock is a perfect smaller representation of the whole quadrant. A true piece of art for its simplicity and perfection, this watch has been sold in the famous “The Mondani Collection of Rolex Wristwatches / Important Collectors’ Wristwatches, Pocket Watches & Clocks” Auction of 13th May 2006 as lot 253.