Stock No.

Exhibit No.23

Collection No. 132

Brand

Rolex

Year

The serial number dates the assembly of the watch to circa 1959

Movement

Calibre 1030 automatic (self-winding) movement, no. N764800, 25 jewels, 18000 VpH, with hour, minute, and centre seconds

Case Material

Stainless steel Oyster (NGC), inscribed serial number and 6538, with Twinlock 8mm ‘big crown’ with ‘Brevet’ (patent), caseback stamped inside MONTRES ROLEX SA, 6538 and IV, 1958

Dial

Matte black, now faded to ‘tropical’ brown, closed minute track, signed ROLEX OYSTER PERPETUAL in gilt lettering, ‘Two Line’ silver depth rating, meters first, SUBMARINER, with radium luminescent hour markers, further signed SWISS at the bottom

Condition

Presented in well-used condition, the watch retains its original dial, case, handset, crown and bezel. The deep-sided case is scratched, but the lugs are thick and the bevelled edges are visible, while the bubbleback caseback has deep markings consistent with its removal over many years. The original matte black dial with gilt and silver lettering has aged to a dark chocolate ‘tropical’ brown, while the radium markers have antiqued to a dark hue,  (10 o’clock missing), while the gilded handset has matching lume, fractured on the minute hand, and the white-painted seconds hand has the smaller lollipop disc. The bezel insert is very worn, the pearl is missing, but there is a fraction of the inverted red triangle still visible. Importantly, the 8mm big crown has ‘Brevet’ below the logo. Although well-used, this is the true ‘Bond’ reference with a rare ‘Tropical’ dial and is an appealingly honest and original example of this highly sought-after and coveted reference.

Dimensions

38mm diameter, strap circumference approximately 180mm

Bracelet

Owner-supplied black leather strap with steel pin buckle (not shown)

Handset

Gilt Mercedes-style luminous hands, gilt centre seconds counter-balanced with luminous dot

Accessories

Accompanied by a green Rolex ‘coffin’-style box with slash card

Signed

Case, crown, dial and movement

Bezel

Stainless steel, serrated with thin-font black anodised aluminium insert, lume pearl missing at zero