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Geneva, Oct 14, 2007

LOT 194

?Military? Rolex, ?Oyster Precision?, Ref. 6154, case No. 997572. Made in 1954. Exceptionally rare and fine, large, cushion-shaped, water-resistant, stainless steel, military diver's wristwatch with a stainless steel Rolex buckle.

CHF 135,000 - 160,000

EUR 85,000 - 100,000 / USD 110,000 - 130,000

Sold: CHF 221,500

C. Three-body, polished, screwed-down case back, straight lugs, 8 mm Rolex screwed-down winding-crown, dustprotection cap. D. Black with luminous round and bâton indexes, outer minute divisions. Luminous "baton" hands. M. Cal. 618 -15 3/4''', signed Rolex, rhodium-plated, "fausses côtes" decoration, 15 jewels, straightline lever escapement, monometallic balance, shock-absorber, self-compensating Breguet balance-spring, index regulator. Dial, case and movement signed. Dim. 47 x 47 mm. Thickness 14 mm.

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Grading System
Case: 3


Movement: 3*


Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-5-01



HANDS Original


Rolex Ref. 6154

The Ref. 6154 is identical in case and movement to the watches supplied by Rolex to Panerai, under the same reference number. The difference between the watch made by Rolex for Panerai and the present model is in the dial. The Rolex dial is a traditional single plate with luminous coated indexes, whereas the Panerai dial is a two-plate dial, the first plate being coated with luminous material and the second plate pierced through for the indexes and numerals.
Rolex Ref. 6154 is mentioned in the combined reference booklet sent by Rolex to their various retailers and workshops in the 1950s. To our knowledge only 6 pieces were made of this model; this is the first one.