Rolex - The Geneva Watch Auction: XIV Geneva Friday, November 5, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1955
    Reference No: 6285
    Movement No: 95'566
    Case No: 47'906
    Material: 18K pink gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 9 3/4''', 18 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K pink gold Rolex brick link bracelet, max length 185mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K pink gold Rolex deployant clasp stamped 2.55
    Dimensions: 34mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    Incredibly understated yet impossibly glamorous, the present watch is a sight to behold. This rarely-seen model, reference 6285, most notably features a threaded bezel which is preserved in excellent condition. Each vertical finish is present and defined. A crisp hallmark is present beneath the lug.

    It furthermore displays a black lacquer dial that has aged gracefully over time, displaying barely any signs of aging. Particularly impressive are the round beads on the edge of the dial - each one is perfect and does not show signs of aging. The gold text shines through in almost relief, evoking the effect of the lacquer on beloved sports models.

    The combination of pink gold case and black dial is very striking and arresting. As an even nicer touch, it's accompanied by a beautiful brick link bracelet stamped for 1955 - an incredibly rarity in its own right.

  • 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. 6285
An extremely rare and spectacular pink gold wristwatch with center seconds, black lacquer dial and brick-link bracelet

Circa 1955
34mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

CHF40,000 - 80,000 

Sold for CHF88,200

Contact Specialist

Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Watches, Continental Europe and the Middle East Director

The Geneva Watch Auction: XIV

Geneva Auction 5 & 7 November 2021