Exclusive Timepieces & Jewels 17 July 2019 | Monaco LOT 69
Rolex An extremely rare and early Rolex Sub-Aqua reference 6204 in stainless steel
Estimate € 50,000 – 150,000
Model: Sub Aqua
Material: stainless steel
Reference N°: 6204
Case N°: 42439
Movement N°: 59455
Bracelet: leather strap
Dimensions: 37 mm
This very rare example represents a real prototype that shows a different name compared to the one used later for the same model. In fact, the dial shows the word Sub-Aqua instead of Submariner. Reference 6204, the first Submariner generation and was presented at the Basel Fair in 1954.
This reference was produced with several different hands configurations. The very first examples were fitted with “pencil-style” hands, paired with a seconds hand that has a small circular tip filled with luminous material called “Lollipop” and distinguished by the designation “Sub-Aqua” to the lower half of the dial. To date, less than five examples of this ultra-rare variant are believed to have appeared at a public auction. A further characteristic of this reference is the word “BREVET”, which translates as “patented” and is located just above the reference number found between the lugs at 12 o’clock. The lot here offered is in great overall conditions, the case is still fresh and crisp which amplifies the collectability and aesthetic impact of the watch.