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Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces.

Hong Kong, October 27, 2018

LOT 221

ROLEX REFERENCE 6098, EXPLORER, STAINLESS STEEL

Stainless steel, self-winding, tonneau-shaped, gentleman's wristwatch, water-resistant with screwed case-back and "Super Oyster" winding-crown, with centre-seconds.

Brand ROLEX

Model Oyster Perpetual, Explorer Chronomètre

Reference Ref. 6088

Year circa 1953

Caliber A260

Bracelet brown leather strap, with stainless steel Rolex buckle

Dimensions Ø 35 mm.

Signed dial, case and movement

HKD 24,000 - 40,000

CHF 3,000 - 5,000 / USD 3,100 - 5,100

Sold: HKD 57,500


Grading System
Grade: AA

Very good

Case: 3-8

Good

Slightly scratched

Movement: 3*

Good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-6-01

Good

Slightly oxidized

HANDS Original


Notes

Rolex, Reference 6098 Produced from around 1950 to about 1955, the Ref. 6098 is known to collectors as the pre-Explorer. Developed first as a precision model and later as an officially certified chronometer, it was available in 18K gold and more rarely in steel with either a plain metal or honeycomb dial. As researched, it is also the first watch that is part of the Explorer family and was the only Explorer made with a white dial. The name "Explorer" was registered by Rolex in January 1953. Also according to our research, the dial of the Ref. 6098 was the only model made that did not feature Arabic numerals at the quarters, until the introduction of the Explorer II. The current lot also comes with a "Super-Oyster" winding-crown, please refer to the end of page for further information. To be sold without reserve