Exclusive Timepieces & Jewels 17 –⁠ 18 July 2019 | Monaco

Auction Details

A Selection of Pure Vintage/Contemporary Timepieces and Rare Jewels. Our first auction with Davide Parmegiani.

Session 1 starting at 3 p.m.
Session 2 starting at 6 p.m.

227 Rolex A remarkable and very special Rolex Submariner Big Crown reference 6538 in stainless steel coming from "The Mondani Collection of Rolex wristwatches" auction, 13th May 2006.

Estimate: € 40,000 –⁠ 150,000

Sold € 54,600

Lot Description

Model: Submariner
Material: stainless steel
Reference N°: 6538
Year: 1959
Case N°: 448909
Caliber: 1030
Movement N°: N893388
Bracelet: leather strap
Dimensions: 38 mm
Literature: This watch is illustrated in “Rolex, Collecting Wristwatches”, Osvaldo Patrizzi, 2001 Edition, p. 295

Reference 6538, the upgraded version of reference 6200, was introduced to the market in 1955. It was depth rated to 200 meters (660 ft) and featured an 8 mm. crown with no crown guards. The dial is gilt with the printing designation “Submariner”, the depth and “Mercedes” hands while the bezel has a triangle at 12 o’clock and divisions for the first 15 minutes for the decompression times. It is therefore no surprise that amongst thoroughbred Rolex aficionados, reference 6538 enjoys the most authentic status as the “James Bond” model, defined by its masculine case proportions and the large crown without guards, lending it an unmistakable look. For many Rolex collectors, the true James Bond Submariner reference 6538 is a must-have. This reference came to international fame in 1962 when it was worn by James Bond, Agent 007 in the movie Dr. No.
The present watch offered here is an esteemed example of the particularly rare version of the celebrated reference 6538 featuring a black lacquer dial Signed Rolex, Oyster Perpetual, 200m=660ft, Submariner in very good conditions. There is a delicate patina due to aging that does not alter the beauty of the dial but rather intensifies its beauty, combined with the ocher-colored radium indices. The case still has the rather pronounced edges despite its 60 years of age but one of the most prominent and recognizable features of the Submariner 6538 is its oversized crown and lack of crown guards. This “big crown” certainly distinguishes this reference from others in the Submariner family and is a feature collectors look for, the one of this watch here offered is the original one and is still crisp with the crown logo and the Brevet signature still extremely clear and legible.
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 283.
13 maggio 2006 lot 283