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.

82 Rolex Rare and Very Desirable Turn-O-Graph Automatic Chronometer Wristwatch in Steel and Gold, Reference 6202, With White Center Seconds Honeycomb Dial and Calibrated Revolving Bezel

Estimate: € 12,000 –⁠ 25,000

Sold € 14,300

Lot Description

Model: Turno-graph
Material: Steel and yellow gold
Reference N°: 6202
Year: 1953
Case N°: 949871
Caliber: A296
Movement type: Automatic
Bracelet: Leather Strap
Dimensions: 35.5 mm
Signed: Dial, case and movement

The Rolex Turn-O-Graph launched at Baselworld in 1953 can be considered, with all the rights, as the “father” of the Submariner, since it features many aesthetic aspects that is it possible to find on the Sub. The 1950s were an extremely transformative period for Rolex. It can be said that it is precisely during this decade that the so-called Professional Line was launched and the Turn-O-Graph was the very fist of these tool watches to be released as “the watch with a thousand and one uses”. Moreover it was also the first Rolex sports watch to be offered in stainless steel and gold – a more luxurious version compared with the sportier stainless steel model. The Turn-O-Graph was also available with various configurations, part of the “Deluxe Model” collection, one of them was with a magnificent white honey-comb dial” such as the present watch. The present reference 6202 matches these two last feature: the case is very nicely preserved with the always fascinating Thunderbird bezel in yellow gold with very deep relief throughout and the screwed down steel case back with engraved dedication “June 6, 1958 — to Sheldon — love Mom and Dad”. The cream-colored dial is a delight with a pleasing mix of spear and faceted baton hour markers complemented by its original dauphine hands in yellow gold and inner luminous material. Equipped with the caliber Cal. A296, the present piece is a testament of the golden epoch of Rolex and an exceptionally rare sports watch offering great wearability and outstanding value.