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Rolex

Ref. 6062
An exceptionally fine, rare and important yellow gold triple calendar wristwatch with star-set numerals, moon phases and bracelet

勞力士,極精細及罕有,18K黃金自動上弦鏈帶腕錶,配日、月、星期三曆、月相顯示及星狀時標, 型號6062,“Stelline”,約1952年製

Circa 1952
36 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$2,400,000 - 4,800,000 
$300,000-600,000

sold for HK$5,120,000

Contact Specialist
Sam Hines
International Department Head
+85 26 773 93 15

  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1952
    Reference No: 6062
    Movement No: N32630
    Case No: 911'108
    Model Name: 'Stelline'
    Material: 18k yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, 10 172’’’, 18 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18k yellow gold Rolex Jubilee bracelet, 170 mm. maximum length
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k yellow gold Rolex folding deployant clasp stamped 3.52
    Dimensions: 36 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Literature: For another example of a yellow gold reference 6062 with star dial, please see 100 Superlative Rolex Watches by John Goldberger, page 89.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Reference 6062 is one of two Rolex models to feature a triple calendar complication paired with a moon phase indication. While reference 6062 features a screw down Oyster case back, reference 8171 features a snap-on case back.

    Launched at the Basel fair in 1950, reference 6062 was the first automatic wristwatch with date and moon phase housed in a waterproof case. Cased in stainless steel, yellow gold and pink gold, the model was fitted with a number of dial variants. The most exclusive and desirable version is, without a doubt, one fitted with eight faceted stars in lieu of hour numerals. Such is the desirability, and popularity of the watch, that collectors have dubbed it ‘Stelline’, meaning 'starlet' in Italian.

    This example of a reference 6062 is furthermore completely fresh to the market, having surfaced to the public just recently. We are incredibly honored to present this watch. It is an opportunity to satiate even the most demanding of collectors and watch scholars.

    John Goldberger's Opinion

    The present 'Stelline', preserved in incredible condition, is one if the most beautiful examples of the reference.

    The dial condition can only be described as incredible – most examples are spotted throughout, due to aging and exposure to environmental elements. This dial is free of imperfections. The numerals on the outer track are inky blue, and the day and date apertures are sharp and angular, demonstrating the originality of the dial.

    The outer track has furthermore aged slightly faster than the center, enhancing the dial's two-tone appearance. The luminous stars, the most important aspect of the dial, are untouched. Each luminous within is perfectly rounded, placed precisely within each star. The “Officially Certified Chronometer” designation within the moon phase subsidiary dial is a particularly nice touch.

    The yellow gold case, preserved in excellent condition, displays a sharp hallmark to the bottom of the lug. There is light tarnishing in the form of patina, which really gives this watch so much character and history, furthermore attesting to its untouched condition. The Super Oyster crown is original, as is the Jubilee bracelet, stamped for the third 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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816

Rolex

Ref. 6062
An exceptionally fine, rare and important yellow gold triple calendar wristwatch with star-set numerals, moon phases and bracelet

勞力士,極精細及罕有,18K黃金自動上弦鏈帶腕錶,配日、月、星期三曆、月相顯示及星狀時標, 型號6062,“Stelline”,約1952年製

Circa 1952
36 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$2,400,000 - 4,800,000 
$300,000-600,000

sold for HK$5,120,000

Contact Specialist
Sam Hines
International Department Head
+85 26 773 93 15

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