954. Rolex An extremely fne and very rare stainless steel wristwatch with sweep center seconds, gilt dial and bracelet 勞力士，型號6202，十分精細及非常罕有，精鋼自動上弦鏈帶腕錶， 配中心秒針和金字亮漆面盤，1954年製 Manufacturer Year
6202, inside case back stamped I 54 Movement No. 01271 & F 61’640 Case No. 952’389 Model Name Turn-O-Graph Material Stainless steel Calibre Automatic, cal. A260, 19 jewels Bracelet/Strap Stainless steel Rolex Jubilee bracelet, max length 170mm Clasp/Buckle Stainless steel Rolex Oyster deployant clasp stamped “Hecho En Mexico” Dimensions 35mm Diameter Signed Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed Estimate
HKD 120,000-235,000 USD 15,400-30,100 Literature For another example of a stainless steel reference 6202, please see 100 Superlative Rolex Watches by John Goldberger, page 183
The Turn-O-Graph launched in 1953, is considered one of Rolex’s milestone watches. Designed as a “tool” watch like the Submariner, it was ftted with a rotating bezel with a black insert calibrated to 60 minutes designed to fulfll accurate timekeeping. Although, the reference 6202 was not the frst Rolex to be ftted with a rotating bezel, as the credit goes to the “Zerograph”, it certainly was Rolex’s frst mass produced model to feature one. The rotating bezel is one of the most important elements that inspired its successors to carry the same features such as the Thunderbird and the GMT-Master and also the Submariner.
Released in diferent dial confgurations, such as the gilt lacquer and the honeycomb dial. The initial launch of the Turn-O-Graph was not as popular as anticipated, as it was overshadowed by the Submariner. Due to its low popularity, the production of the Turn-O-Graph seized which resulted in a very low production numbers for the respected reference. The present example is of the gilt-lacquered dial reference 6202. Presented in overall very good condition, the present piece features an attractive dial with original hands and featuring the correct “lollipop” seconds hand. The reading on the Geiger counter is high at 400 units. However, the black insert on the bezel is from a later period and so it’s the bracelet and clasp.
Phillips presents THE HONG KONG WATCH AUCTION: EIGHT on 28 May 2019.