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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1951
    Reference No: 6034, repeated inside caseback
    Case No: 847’523
    Model Name: Oyster Chronograph
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 72, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex pin buckle
    Dimensions: 36mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    Introduced in the early half of 1950’s, the reference 6034 was among one of the earliest series of chronographs in the ref. 6000 range. Launched prior to the coveted “Cosmograph Daytona”, the ref. 6034 was modeled as the Oyster Chronograph.

    With most examples encased in stainless steel, with some in 18K yellow gold and a small sum in 14K yellow gold made for the US market, stainless steel examples featuring blue tachometer and red telemeter scales on the dial are most certainly rare, which is the case for this present example. Furthermore, the present example features the original “Super Oyster” crown, which were usually changed to a Twinlock “600” crown by Rolex during servicing in the mid 1960’s, indicating the originality of the present timepiece.

    Presented in attractive overall condition with a rare dial configuration and unrestored, the present example is fresh to the market and is a remarkable specimen of the reference from circa 1951.

  • 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. 6034, repeated inside caseback
A very fine and rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with blue tachometer and red telemeter scales

勞力士,「Oyster Chronograph」型號6034,精細罕有,精鋼計時腕錶,備藍色測速刻度、紅色測距刻度錶盤,約1951年製

Circa 1951
36mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

Estimate
HK$120,000 - 195,000 
€13,700-22,300
$15,400-25,000

sold for HK$200,000

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi

Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2031

WatchesHK@phillips.com

 

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: X

Hong Kong Auction 10 July 2020