A rare stainless steel wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, green enamel dial, bracelet and fitted presentation box

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1956
    Reference No: 6444
    Movement No: 88'771
    Case No: 152'040
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Mechanical, 1210, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex bracelet, 170 mm. maximum length
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex folding deployant clasp stamped Rolex
    Dimensions: 32 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Rolex fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Founded in 1868 by brothers Charles and Jean Stern, Stern Frère is best known for creating beautiful and intricate dials for watchmakers such as Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin, Rolex and Omega. The following watches are all manufactured and stamped by this esteemed dial maker. The first three numbers, 103, denote the watchmaker's reference. In this instance, it would be Rolex. The star represents the maker, Stern Frère, and the following numbers are the job reference.

    The quality of these hard enamel dials are outstanding. The colors appear bright yet translucent, and have an even and rich tone that many attain to achieve. Every detail is taken into account. The enameller has painted a perfect and small circular ring around the center post where the dial plate meets the enamel, attesting to the meticulous work of Stern Frère.

    We are honored to offer the following hard enamel Rolex wristwatches, cased in different metals and displaying various shades of royal blue to emerald green.

    The present watch, fitted with a translucent green enamel dial, is preserved is in very attractive and original condition. It is rare to find examples of reference 6444 fitted with an enamel dial.

  • 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. 6444
A rare stainless steel wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, green enamel dial, bracelet and fitted presentation box

勞力士,罕有,不銹鋼鏈帶腕錶,配中心秒針及綠色琺瑯錶盤,型號6444,附盒子,1956年製

1956
32 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$100,000 - 200,000 

sold for HK$150,000

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2030
thomasperazzi@phillips.com

Ziyong Ho
Specialist
+852 9386 2032
ziyongho@phillips.com

Jill Chen
Specialist
+852 2318 2033
jillchen@phillips.com

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