Important Modern and Vintage Timepieces

New York, Jun 08, 2011

LOT 169

ROLEX REF.6062 STAINLESS STEEL Rolex, ?Oyster Perpetual, Officially Certified Chronometer?, case No. 942619, Ref. 6062. Made in 1953. Exceptionally fine and rare, self-winding, water-resistant, stainless steel wristwatch with triple date and with moon phases. Accompanied by a stainless steel Rolex buckle.

USD 150,000 - 200,000

CHF 130,000 - 170,000 / EUR 100,000 - 135,000

Sold: USD 176,500

C. Two-body, polished and brushed, stepped bezel, curved lugs, screwed-down case back and crown, band with inset calendar adjusters. D. Two-tone silvered with applied stainless steel dart indexes and 3-6, Arabic numerals, black minute track, graduation for the days of the month in blue, subsidiary dial for the seconds, apertures for the days of the week, the months and the moon phases. Stainless steel feuille. M. Cal. 9 3/4''', rhodium-plated, 19 jewels, straight-line lever escapement, monometallic balance, self-compensating Breguet balance spring. Dial, case and movement signed. Diam. 36 mm. Thickness 14 mm.

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Grading System
Case: 3


Movement: 2*

Very good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2-01

Very good

HANDS Original


Manufactured from 1950 until 1953, the Ref.6062 remains one of only two references Rolex have manufactured with triple calendar and moon-phase complication. Launched as the water-resistant "Oyster" version to its counterpart, the non-Oyster Ref. 8171, the 6062 also differed as both the steel and gold versions used Officially Certified Chonometer movements. Generally only the gold ref. 8171 references were fitted with the superior movement with steel examples, using ?Precision? quality. The ref. 6062 is considered by many collectors as Rolex's "flagship" reference due to its attractive, masculine dimensions and functional complications. This particular watch is made even further desirable by the use of steel indexes and hands as opposed to the more common gilt option. Examples of steel Rolex 6062 watches in such good original condition are exceedingly difficult to find. The present lot represents a rare opportunity for collectors to purchase one of the finest known examples to appear at auction. For an almost identical example, numbered 942670, see page 138 in the book "100 Superlative Rolex Watches" by John Goldberger.