Important Modern and Vintage Timepieces

Geneva, Mar 27, 2011

LOT 527

Rolex Ref. 6284 Two Americas Cloisonne Dial by Marguerite Koch Rolex, "Oyster Perpetual", Ref. 6284. Made in only six examples circa 1950. Exceptionally rare and fine, self-winding, water-resistant, 14K yellow gold wristwatch with cloisonné enamel map of the two Americas and a Rolex gold-plated buckle.

CHF 130,000 - 190,000

USD 130,000 - 190,000 / EUR 100,000 - 150,000

Sold: CHF 662,500

C. Two-body, solid, polished and brushed, screwed-down case back and crown, polished inclined bezel, concave lugs. D. By Stern Frères, cloisonné enamel on gold with counter enamel, No. 103*626, by Marguerite Koch, representing a map of the Two Americas on a black background, with applied faceted yellow gold indexes, outer minute/seconds dot divisions on the brushed outer ring. Yellow gold alpha hands. M. Cal. 9 3/4''', rhodium-plated, 18 jewels, straight-line lever escapement, monometallic balance, shock absorber, self-compensating Breguet balance spring. Dial, case and movement signed. Back of the dial numbered. Diam. 34 mm. Thickness 13 mm.

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Grading System
Case: 2

Very good

Movement: 3*


Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2-01

Very good

HANDS Original


A similar watch is illustrated on page 40 and 41 of "100 Superlative Rolex Watches" by John Goldberger. The cloisonné map of the Americas dial is particularly striking against a black background, the gold wirework or cloisons are very finely executed by the artist.
Marguerite Koch An enameler specializing in the cloisonné technique, she was one of Stern Frères' favorite artists. She also made caravelle and coat-of-arms dials for Rolex and Vacheron Constantin, as well as the famous exotic Gauguin dials for Patek Philippe. She worked for Stern from the late 40?s to the 1960?s. The Stern Frères' ledger clearly indicates that this dial was ordered in 6 pieces only by Rolex. The Stern Frères archives also include a sketch of the dial and show that several variations of the dial could be ordered; the fishes and birds cost and extra 20 Swiss francs.