A rare stainless steel wristwatch with jumping centre seconds and bracelet

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1961
    Reference No: 6556
    Movement No: N927546
    Case No: 731'888
    Model Name: 'Tru Beat'
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, 1040, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, 165 mm. maximum length
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex folding deployant clasp stamped 4.64
    Dimensions: 34 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    The ‘Tru-Beat’ has a dead beating centre seconds hand. Made in the 1960s, the centre seconds hand beats as if the watch were fitted with a quartz movement. The commercial success was not great and the watch was in production for only a few years. Today, the 'Tru-Beat' is sought after by collectors due to its rarity. The present watch is a very charming and charismatic example.

  • 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. 6556
A rare stainless steel wristwatch with jumping centre seconds and bracelet

勞力士,罕有,不銹鋼自動上弦鏈帶腕錶,配中心秒針,“'Tru Beat'”,型號6556,1961年製

1961
34 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$60,000 - 90,000 

sold for HK$85,000

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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