Rolex - Hong Kong Watch Auction: THREE Hong Kong Monday, November 28, 2016 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1957
    Reference No: 6536-1
    Movement No: N826834
    Case No: 399'351
    Model Name: Submariner
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, 1080, 25 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, 170 mm. maximum length
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex folding deployant clasp stamped 2.69
    Dimensions: 37 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Rolex product literature, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.
    Literature: For a similar watch, please see Collecting Rolex Submariner by Mondani, page 34.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Rolex Submariner reference 6536-1 was in production from 1955 to 1959 and the present watch was from the last year of production. The present -1 reference differs from the reference 6536 due to its thinner case. Consigned by a private collector, the present watch is a gorgeous example of a 6536-1. Its depth rating is printed in silver with meters first followed by feet and is positioned with its 'Submariner' signature printed higher above 6 o'clock towards the centre, which gives the dial a terrific balance. Overall, this Rolex Submariner is very charismatic and looks exceptional on the wrist.

  • 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. 6536-1
A fine and extremely rare stainless steel wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, black lacquer dial, small crown and bracelet

Circa 1957
37 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

HK$120,000 - 180,000 

Sold for HK$225,000

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