Exclusive Timepieces October 2021 | Monaco LOT 270

270. Rolex Very Rare and Astonishing Oyster Perpetual Automatic Wristwatch in Yellow Gold, Reference 6098 “Galaxy”, With Honeycomb Dial and Star-Shaped Indexes

Estimate € 80,000 –⁠ 160,000

Sold € 149,500
Lot Description
Model: Oyster Perpetual
Reference: 6098
Case Material: Yellow Gold
Bracelet Material: Yellow Gold
Year: 1952
Movement: Automatic
Caliber: A296
Case N°: 912107
Dimensions: 36 mm
Signed: Dial, movement and case

Highly desirable amongst collectors, the reference 6098 represents the largest Bubbleback with no complications ever produced by the firm. Clearly designed as a robust sports' watch meant to withstand even the most difficult conditions, a group of around 30 watches of this reference was used to several Everest expeditions and specifically for this reason is also known as the Pre-Explorer. Considering its sportiness, it was predominantly available in stainless steel, rendering the few examples in gold appearing in public exceedingly rare. Moreover, in very scarse cases, this already limited number of examples in gold was even equipped with an highly appealing honeycomb dial furthermore highlighted with the sought after star-shaped numerals, more commonly associated with the celebrated reference 6062. We are honored to be able to offer one of these incredibly rare specimen: the two-body yellow gold case is genuinely nice and equipped with a gorgeous jubilee bracelet. The untouched conditions of the “Stelline” style-dial featuring a honeycomb finishing with star-shaped hour markers and dagger numerals at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock is amazing from the very first glance. Coming from one of the most important private Rolex collections, where it has been for many years, this lot can possibly be one of the most sought after time-only references ever produced by Rolex.