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Vintage Tropical Rolex Submariner Ref. 6538

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Vintage Tropical Rolex Submariner Ref. 6538

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Brand: Rolex
Item Number: 104752
Nickname: Rolex James Bond
Condition: (What's This?) Vintage
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Submariner 6538
Serial/Year: 307,XXX - 1958
Gender: Men's
Movement/Features: Automatic, cal. 1030, 25 jewels
Case: Very Good case with nice even lugs that has been previously polished. 37.5mm diameter.
Dial: Very attractive 2 line “Tropical” dial that has taken on a nice gilt brown color. Even the gilt hands are original, the center seconds hands featuring a correct "large lollipop", its luminous material matching the numerals.
Bracelet: Oyster Bracelet signed Rolex
Comments: Outstanding opportunity to obtain a true vintage, grail piece for your collection.  * We only accept wire payment on this transaction.  


First launched in 1955, reference 6538 is extremely desirable today due to its size, rarity, versatility, and vintage good looks. The model was in fabrication for just four short years, and is characterized by its black lacquer "Swiss"-signed dial, no crown guard case and 8 millimeter crown, hereafter its name "Big Crown Submariner".

This model 6538 will be forever immortalized by the James Bond movie series whereby Sean Connery wears the watch on his secret covert missions. Bond wore the watch on films like Dr. No, From Russia with Love and Goldfinger. Accordingly, the model 6538 is most affectionately known today as the "James Bond Submariner" to Rolex collectors and enthusiasts.  See full story on this James Bond Big Crown at www.bobswatches.com/rolex-blog/rolex-info/vintage-week-rolex-submariner-reference-6538.html

A similar example of a reference 6538 Tropical "‘Big Crown" recently sold at Philips Auction house in November 2016 for approximately $577,000 USD. See https://www.phillips.com/detail/ROLEX/CH080216/37  

The present 6538 example offered here is a collector’s unique opportunity to obtain a legendary watch that has endured the passage of time in such amazing condition, with a tropical dial that has aged in a most wonderful manner.  The original black lacquer dial has matured to a nice consistent brown color contrasted by the cream color of the indexes and hands. 


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