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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1953
    Reference No: 6202
    Movement No: 84’542 & F 88’863
    Case No: 949’844, inside case back stamped iii.53
    Model Name: Turn-o-graph
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal, A260, 19 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex riveted Oyster bracelet stamped "7206", end link stamped "75", max length 185mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex deployant clasp, stamped "4 64"
    Dimensions: 35mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    Produced in 1953, reference 6202 Turn-o-graph were one of Rolex’s earliest tool watches produced in series. Rolex introduced many different dial designs, and even explored different model names, before deciding on Turn-O-Graph.

    The present lot will delight connoisseur and enthusiast with its impressive honeycomb dial and gilt print with very strong radium readings through the use of a Geiger counter. However, the rarity factor is further enhanced by the presence of the original pencil hour and minute hands, lollipop seconds hand and the unusual “Oyster Perpetual” printing between the 9 o’clock and 3 o’clock position at the center of the dial.

    Due to it’s short production run, remaining examples of Rolex’s reference 6202 Turn-O-Graph have become quite rare and desirable among collectors today.

  • 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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Property of a Japanese collector


Ref. 6202
A fine and very rare stainless steel wristwatch with honeycomb dial, center seconds and bracelet

Circa 1953
35mm diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

HK$75,000 - 150,000 

Sold for HK$187,500

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi

Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2001


The Hong Kong Watch Auction: X

Hong Kong Auction 10 July 2020