Rolex Submariner Ref. 6538 - 'Big Crown 4-Liner'
The Reference 6538 is one of those short-lived iterations, produced for roughly 3 years in 1956-1959. coveted by collectors, and known to many more for its supporting role on the wrist of one James Bond in 1962s 'Dr. No.'
Like all early Subs, the Ref. 6538 lacks crown guards, but from there, it takes on a few characteristics that allow it to stand out amongst its relatives. The crown is oversized at 8mm in diameter, the timing bezel insert features a red triangle at the 12:00 position, and the seconds hand is a white 'lollipop.' All of these subtle changes lend themselves to a near-perfect mid-century dive watch aesthetic, and when combined with its on-screen provenance, make for a triple threat in collectability. It is almost certainly the most desirable pre-crown guard Submariner.
The example that we have here dates to circa 1958 and features a strong case with even lugs, a patinated '4-line' dial and matching handset, the bezel insert shows wear and light fade from age, with a pink fade to its 'red triangle,' and the Brevet 'big crown' looks as good as ever. It comes fitted to a slightly later 'rivet' Oyster bracelet.
You might then call this piece 'a wearer.' A highly sought after and collectible piece that you can wear without fretting about constantly.
Doesn't sound so bad does it?
*Some marks or spots on the dial are reflections or dust on the crystal and are due to high intensity strobe lighting used while photographing. They are not actually on the watch or visible in natural lighting.
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