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A rare and "fresh-to-market" Rolex Submariner in stainless steel
Auction Ended
3 Bids
Reserve Met
Auction Ended On
June 15, 2020
Lot 15
Starting Bid: $49,000
Estimate: $49,000 to 65,000
Manufacturer: Rolex
Year: Circa 1957
Model Name:
Rolex Submariner
Reference: 6536
Case Serial Number:
Condition: Excellent condition. 
Material: Stainless Steel
Bracelet: Stainless steel C+I rivet Oyster bracelet.
Item Number: 130052
Movement:        Cal. 1030, manual-winding, 25 jewels.
Signed Case, dial, movement, and bracelet.

Rolex SUbariner 6536 Stainless Steel 

Bob's does NOT charge a buyer's premium – what you bid is what you pay.

Condition Report


Excellent original condition and clean black dial with warm creamy lume plots and matching hands. All luminous plots remain intact. The texture of the dial has aged to a matte finish and the gilt print is even and sharp. The 6 o’clock marker glows brighter as it should from the factory.


Excellent original condition stainless steel case which has previously been polished with light were from us. Factory bevels are still intact. Serial and reference numbers remain crisp and well defined. Inside of case back is engraved 6536/1 III.57. 


Original black bezel insert is in very good condition and shows some wear consistent with age.


Original rivet-style C+I Oyster bracelet with 12 links. Bracelet is in good condition and has slight stretch from use. The clasp stamped with a 7-64 date code. 

Box and Papers

Bob's presentation box, Certificate of Authenticity, and warranty card. 

Catalog Essay:

Rolex released the reference 6536 Submariner in 1956 as the follow-up to the first series of Submariner dive watches that appeared the year that the collection made its debut. Visually similar to its immediate predecessors, the Submariner 6536 features a 37mm case without crown-guards, and it is fitted with a 6mm winding crown, classifying it the small-crown version of the Submariner model 6538 famously worn by James Bond in the original films from the 1960s. The smaller case diameter and lack of crown-guards are hallmark traits of the very earliest Rolex Submariner watches, and immediately set the ref. 6536 apart from more contemporary Submariner references.

Like all early vintage Rolex Submariner models, the ref. 6536 pre-dates the arrival of a date complication on the Submariner collection, making it a time-only watch with a bidirectional, friction-fitted bezel. Additionally, much like other early vintage Submariner watches, the reference 6536 is fitted with a glossy gilt dial and a domed acrylic crystal. However, unlike many subsequent iterations of the Submariner that feature white gold hands, the ref. 6536 is fitted with a gilt handset with a seconds hand that is finished bright white.

Production of the reference 6536 Submariner ended by 1959, and due to its relatively short production period, significantly fewer ref. 6536 watches were made compared to more contemporary Submariner generations. Additionally, most Rolex Submariner 6536 watches were purchased with the intent of being used as professional underwater timing tools and saw rigorous use. Consequently, many were lost, damaged, or destroyed over the years, and a relatively small number of examples have managed to survive to this day.

Subsequent Rolex Submariner generations that have 40mm cases and crown-guards have an appearance that is far closer to the modern Submariner watches that Rolex sells today. However, these early pre-crown-guard references have a distinctly vintage aesthetic that separates them from all other Rolex Submariner models, while still offering all of the hallmark traits of Rolex’s iconic dive watch collection.


MOVEMENT: Movement is functioning. This vintage Submariner comes with Bob's Watches one year warranty. 

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