An extremely attractive stainless steel wristwatch with black glossy dial and yellow gold applied indexes

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1953
    Reference No: 6298 inside caseback further stamped III.53
    Movement No: 37'270
    Case No: 929'883
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 9 3/4", 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel pin buckle
    Dimensions: 34.5mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    Launched in the early 1950s, the reference 6298 was an upgrade of reference 6028, featuring a new, COSC certified movement. Its large case allowed for a clean, legible dial that would become the basis for one of the company’s most famous models: the first Explorer.
    The present reference 6298 is fitted with an extremely rare black glossy dial. The dial is beautifully complemented by yellow gold applied indexes that are striking in contrast to the stainless steel case. Holding a very special but underestimated place in Rolex’s history, the reference 6298 is a wonderful, robust and practical watch. This one is sure to delight collectors who enjoy pure, thoughtful designs.

  • 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. 6298 inside caseback further stamped III.53
An extremely attractive stainless steel wristwatch with black glossy dial and yellow gold applied indexes

Circa 1953
34.5mm Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
CHF5,000 - 8,000 
€4,400-7,000
$5,100-8,200

sold for CHF16,250

Contact Specialist
Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Sale
+41 22 317 81 89
aghotbi@phillips.com

The Geneva Watch Auction: EIGHT

Geneva Auction 10-11 November 2018