Exclusive Timepieces 7 –⁠ 8 December 2019 | Monaco

Auction Details

A wide selection of very fine vintage timepieces, property of various prominent collectors will be presented in this sale. Including a fine selection of Longines Chronograph coming from one of the most important collections worldwide.

128 Rolex Catching and Lovely Veriflat Officially Certified Chronometer Wristwatch in Yellow Gold, Reference 6512, With Subsidiary Seconds Silver Dial and Rolex Bracelet

Estimate: € 12,000 –⁠ 24,000

Lot Description

Model: Veryflat
Material: Yellow Gold
Reference N°: 6512
Year: 1957
Case N°: 237225
Caliber: 1000
Movement type: Manual
Bracelet: Yellow Gold
Dimensions: 34 mm
Signed: Dial, case and movement

In 1954 Rolex decided to make a change in its production by distorting the style of the Oyster case, patented in 1926, slimming it down considerably: that gave life to the Veriflat model, ref. 6512 such as the present watch. This reference remained in production for only 7 years (until 1962) and incorporates the typical features of the tool-watch with a Rolex-identifying waterproof case but adding a more elegant design and therefore making it more suitable for social occasions. The reliability of the whole watch was further increased by the use of the in-house, manual-winding, high-grade Precision calibre 1000 with subsidiary-seconds register at six o’clock, produced for only a single year in 1955. This is the thinnest Oyster case Rolex has ever released, at a mere 9 mm and considering the limited production due to its high price point, and inflated by its exclusivity in precious metal this is not a very easily to find wristwatch. The present example is definitely well preserved with its yellow gold bracelet with such a nice engraved decoration. The thin case is crisp and nice while the coals white dial has the elegant configuration with applied yellow gold baton numerals and dauphine hands with black printed “officially certified chronometer” slightly above the seconds at 6 o’clock. Since Rolex have only explored “ultra-slim” territory for a short period, the Veriflat ref. 6512 is now considered a highly-coveted amongst collectors, thanks to its style and rarity.