Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Monaco, Jul 21, 2021

LOT 137

Ref. 6298, self-winding, centre-second; so-called "Himalaya 1952"; “Oyster Perpetual”; stainless steel

EUR 5,000 - 15,000

USD 6,000 - 17,900 / HKD 46,200 - 140,000

Sold: EUR 11,180

Fine and rare, stainless steel, tonneau-shaped, gentleman’s wristwatch, silver colour dial with centre-seconds; case-back engraved “LUCIEN GEORGE GARHWAL HIMALAYA 1952”.

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Grading System
Case: 2-8

Very good

Slightly scratched

Movement: 2*

Very good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-7-01



HANDS Original

Brand Rolex, Geneva

Model “Oyster Perpetual“

Reference 6298

Year 1953

Movement No. D 246 872

Case No. 929 251 (inside case-back stamped “IV.53 / 18”)

Bracelet leather strap

Buckle stainless steel Rolex buckle

Diameter 36 mm

Caliber 1570

Signature dial, case and movement


This "Oyster", produced approximately in 1952, is engraved on its case back with the name “Lucien Georges”, the famous Swiss mountaineer who was part of the French expedition that attempted to climb Mount Chaukhamba. He achieved this goal with his compatriot, Victor Russenberger, on June 13, 1952, one year before Sir Edmund Hillary conquered Everest. Such a watch can only echo the genesis of the "Explorer I". The first prototypes of the "Explorer I" appeared at the end of 1952 and were given to alpinists for several trials in real conditions. At this stage of development, they were simply bubble-backs with a white dial with applied "arrowhead" indexes at 3, 6 and 9 o'clock and "leaf" hands, with no mention of the word "Explorer" written on them.