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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1953
    Reference No: 6090
    Movement No: F5443 further stamped 48'008
    Case No: 928'080
    Model Name: "Bombé"
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 9 3/4, 19 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Alligator
    Clasp/Buckle: Gold plated Rolex pin buckle
    Dimensions: 32mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and pin buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex Chronometer Certificate and fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Affectionately nicknamed “Bombé” by collectors due to its curvaceous, sculpted lugs, this watch is a very attractive example of a reference 6090.

    Fitted with a gorgeous cream colored honeycomb dial further adorned by gold sword shape indexes, this watch is preserved in perfect and original condition. The edges of the lugs are extremely sharp; the case is also extremely well preserved and the dial is a pure marvel. The watch even retains its original strap and buckle. The desirability of this watch is further enhanced by its high wearability.

  • Artist Biography


    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. 6090
A very attractive yellow gold wristwatch with honeycomb dial, fancy lugs, original box and certificate

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

CHF8,000 - 12,000 

Sold for CHF10,000

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The Geneva Watch Auction: FIVE

Geneva Auctions 13 – 14 May 2017