A rare stainless steel wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, black lacquer 'explorer' dial, bracelet, original guarantee and fitted presentation box

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1953
    Reference No: 6150
    Movement No: 06'598
    Case No: 930'952
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, 195 mm. maximum length
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex folding deployant clasp stamped 4.52
    Dimensions: 35.5 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Rolex blank guarantee, product literature, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Rolex first started experimenting with 'explorer' dials in 1953, coincidentally coinciding with Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay's conquering of Mount Everest. While reference 6350 was the first model to officially bear 'Explorer' on the dial, Rolex also printed '3-6-9' dials on large bubble backs such as reference 6150, which were marked 'Precision'.

    The present watch was manufactured the very year that the Explorer watch was introduced. Still featuring a beautiful glossy lacquer dial with gilt graphics and chapter ring, the dial has also developed a thin layer of patina, really giving the watch a lot of character. The present watch still retains its original bracelet, stamped for the fourth quarter of 1952.

  • 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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Rolex

Ref. 6150
A rare stainless steel wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, black lacquer 'explorer' dial, bracelet, original guarantee and fitted presentation box

勞力士,罕有,不銹鋼自動上弦鏈帶腕錶,配中心秒針、黑色漆“Explorer”錶盤,型號6150,附證書及盒子,約1953年製

Circa 1953
35.5 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$60,000 - 80,000 
€7,000-9,400
$7,500-10,000

sold for HK$187,500

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: THREE

Hong Kong Auction 29 November 2016