An extremely rare, important, and exquisitely preserved yellow gold wristwatch with cloisonné enamel dial depicting a caravel, accompanied by the original certificate

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1953
    Reference No: 6102
    Movement No: 62114/F11'124
    Case No: 902'600
    Model Name: "La Caravelle"
    Material: 18k yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 645, 18 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: Yellow gold Rolex pin buckle
    Dimensions: 32mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by the original Bucherer Guarantee dated May 21st, 1957

  • Catalogue Essay

    During the 1950s, Rolex produced some of the most iconic cloisonné dial wristwatches in conjunction with world renowned Stern Frères dial makers of Geneva.

    The present reference 6102 is adorned with a spectacular cloisonné dial made by one of Geneva’s most acclaimed enamellers, Mrs. Koch, who worked with Stern to produce some of the most sought after Rolex watches to date. The dial depicts a wonderful scene featuring a multi-colored boat at sea, topped with faceted baton hour markers. The dial made by Stern Frères is inscribed on the back with a number relating to the company, or client it was made for, and a code that is specific to the type of dial it is, both numbers separated by an asterisk star to signify the dial maker Stern. The outer dial is finished with pearl-like minute markers, further enhancing its beauty.

    When admiring such a watch, it will completely take your breath away. This watch in particular is virtually mint and seemingly unworn, still retaining its diamond finished, mirror polished curvature. The watch is fitted with the original Rolex strap and 18k yellow gold Rolex buckle, which is a rarity by itself. Accompanied by the original Rolex guarantee, retailed by Bucherer, in addition to its unworn condition and exclusivity factor, it is one of the most spectacular examples for any collector.

  • Maker Bio

    Rolex

    Swiss • 1905

    Founded in 1905 England by Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis as Wilsdorf & Davis, it soon became known as the Rolex Watch Company in 1915, moving its headquarters to Geneva in 1919. Like no other company, the success of the wristwatch can be attributed to many of Rolex's innovations that made them one of the most respected and well-known of all luxury brands. These innovations include their famous "Oyster" case — the world's first water resistant and dustproof watch case, invented in 1926 — and their "Perpetual" — the first reliable self-winding movement for wristwatches launched in 1933. They would form the foundation for Rolex's Datejust and Day-Date, respectively introduced in 1945 and 1956, but also importantly for their sports watches, such as the Explorer, Submariner and GMT-Master launched in the mid-1950s.

    One of its most famous models is the Cosmograph Daytona. Launched in 1963, these chronographs are without any doubt amongst the most iconic and coveted of all collectible wristwatches. Other key collectible models include their most complicated vintage watches, including references 8171 and 6062 with triple calendar and moon phase, "Jean Claude Killy" triple date chronograph models and the Submariner, including early "big-crown" models and military-issued variants.

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Ref. 6102
An extremely rare, important, and exquisitely preserved yellow gold wristwatch with cloisonné enamel dial depicting a caravel, accompanied by the original certificate

1953
32mm. Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

Estimate
CHF350,000 - 700,000 

sold for CHF1,235,000

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Nathalie Monbaron
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Geneva Auction 7 & 8 November 2015 6:30pm