Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Geneva, Nov 08, 2020

LOT 196

ROLEX, REF. 6610, EXPLORER, STEEL

A very fine, attractive, rare, self-winding, stainless steel wristwatch.

Brand Rolex

Model Explorer

Reference 6610 (partially rubbed)

Year Circa 1957

Case No. 1475576

Bracelet Stainless steel Rolex folded bracelet (7836/358), approx. overall length 182 mm

Caliber 1030, butterfly rotor

Dimensions 36 mm

Signature Dial, Case and Movement

CHF 17,000 - 27,000

HKD 136,000 - 216,000 / USD 17,000 - 27,000

Sold: CHF 22,500


Grading System
Grade: AAA

Excellent

Case: 3-8

Good

Slightly scratched

Movement: 3*

Good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-6-8-01

Good

Slightly oxidized

Slightly scratched

HANDS Original


Notes

Property of a Spanish collector
Produced for 5 years only the Explorer 6610 is much rarer than the reference 1016 which became the longest produced vintage Explorer starting in 1963 until 1990. Characterised by its gilt chapter dial featuring the words officially certified chronometer (known as OCC), this example produced at the beginning of 1957 has been kept in wonderful original condition with a very well conserved dial, original hands and a strong Geiger counter reading (over 2.0) confirming its originality. Early explorers have constantly increased in value these last 10 years due to the rarity of finding them in all original condition.