An extremely fine, rare and important yellow gold triple calendar wristwatch with star-set numerals, moonphases and bracelet

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1952
    Reference No: 6062
    Movement No: 10367 and N32528
    Case No: 916'348
    Model Name: "Stelline"
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 9 ¾’’, 19 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K yellow gold Rolex Jubilee bracelet, max length 200mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Rolex deployant clasp stamped 4 52
    Dimensions: 36mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Further accompanied by leather strap and 18K yellow gold Rolex buckle
    Provenance: Lot 350, Christie’s Geneva, Important Pocketwatches and Wristwatches, Monday, 15. November 2004 (acquired by the current owner at this auction)
    Literature: For another example of a yellow gold reference 6062 with star dial, please see 100 Superlative Rolex Watches by John Goldberger, p. 89.

  • Provenance

    Lot 350, Christie’s Geneva, Important Pocketwatches and Wristwatches, Monday, 15. November 2004 (acquired by the current owner at this auction)

  • Catalogue Essay

    Fully infused with Rolex's genetic codes with its Oyster case, inhouse automatic movement and Jubilee bracelet, the reference 6062 further features a complication only seen in another reference: a triple calendar and moonphase display. The other model, reference 8171 had a different case with snap on back.

    The above elements merged together result in a certain cool debonaire elegance.

    Launched in 1950, and produced for only a handful of years, this reference was available in stainless steel, yellow and pink gold, and offered with different dial variations. The faceted star dial, as seen on the present watch, is one of the most rare and sought after, and enhances its overall appeal. Rolex considered the model a top-of-the-line timepiece, with an in-house automatic movement, and upgraded with a full calendar and moonphase indication. Collectors were so taken with the model they nicknamed it “Stelline”, Italian for “small star”.

    When introduced, the 6062 was groundbreaking, as it was the first automatic watch with triple calendar and moonphase indication housed in a water-resistant case.

    The present yellow gold reference 6062 has been part of an important private collection for the past 14 years. Lovingly taken care of during this period it remains in excellent condition. The case is strong, 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. In fact the present yellow gold reference 6062 is in our opinion one of the best preserved and most original examples of a reference 6062 in this metal to have ever been seen or offered publicly.

    This reference 6062 further comes with its original 18-karat yellow gold Rolex Jubilee bracelet adding inimitable panache to the model.

    The present example, in its original, unrestored state of preservation, is a wonderful addition to any collection of distinction. And, indeed, an opportunity that the most demanding and educated collectors of vintage wristwatches should not miss.

  • 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. 6062
An extremely fine, rare and important yellow gold triple calendar wristwatch with star-set numerals, moonphases and bracelet

Circa 1952
36mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

Estimate
CHF400,000 - 800,000 
€343,000-686,000
$423,000-847,000

sold for CHF636,500

Contact Specialist
Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Sale
+41 22 317 81 81
aghotbi@phillips.com

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