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Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Geneva, Mar 17, 2013

LOT 390

ROLEX REF 6098 HONEYCOMB STAR DIAL YELLOW GOLD Rolex, Oyster Perpetual, Officially Certified Chronometer, case No. 91?049, Ref. 6098. Made circa 1953. Fine and extremely rare, center seconds, self-winding, water-resistant, 18K yellow gold wristwatch with honeycomb star dial and an 18K yellow gold Rolex buckle. Property of the original family

C. Two-body, solid, polished and brushed, inclined bezel, screw down case back and crown. D. Honeycomb matte silver with applied yellow gold luminous star and triangular Indexes, outer 1/5th seconds track with arabic 5-minute markers. Luminous yellow gold hands. M. Cal. A 296, copper-colored, 18 jewels, straight-line lever escapement, Superbalance, self-compensating Breguet balance spring, index regulator. Dial, case and movement signed. DIAM. 36 mm. THICKNESS 12 mm.

CHF 16,000 - 22,000

USD 17,000 - 24,000 / EUR 13,000 - 18,000

Sold: CHF 25,000

Grading System
Case: 2-8

Very good

Slightly scratched

Movement: 2*

Very good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2-10-07

Very good


HANDS Replaced


Consigned by the son of the original owner, he has always remembered his father with this watch on special occasions. Maintained and prized as his special watch, the condition has remained excellent with a deep crisp hallmark on the underside of the case. With a perfect honeycomb dial with star indexes, it is unusual in regards to all other examples of reference 6098, as the outer track has 5-minute arabic markers usually not found on these dials. Furthermore it is interesting to note that the caseback is double stamped ?Montres Rolex SA? which Rolex sometimes did on exhibit pieces to show that it was their property but often these watches were eventually sold through their retailers.