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Up for grabs is an exceptional and incredibly rare/important Rolex Turn-O-Graph, reference 6202, circa 1953. The Turn-O-Graph has achieved legendary status in the vintage Rolex world as the pre-cursor to the mighty Submariner, and the first watch to feature a rotating bezel by the brand. Clearly the design influence for the Submariner, the Turn-O-Graph was produced with a similar waterproof case for diving, and made in a smaller size, coming in at 36mm. This particular Turn-O-Graph happens to be one of the rarest of all, featuring a very early “honeycomb” and “split logo” gilt dial, with matching early bezel insert, before Rolex incorporated the “red triangle” at 12 o’clock.
This particular Rolex Turn-O-Graph is in exceptional condition, likely one of the best in the world. The case has been very lightly polished in the past, showing very thick and even lugs. The dial is exceptionally well-preserved, with no major flaws or wear. Likewise, the original radium lume is still present and in-tact on both dial and hands, aged to a nice dark yellow color. The original bezel insert is in similar excellent condition, and has aged to a nice purple hue in certain light. This watch comes fitted on an early Rolex SA Jubille, dated to 1952, and with 55 endlinks.
This is truly a world-class example, likely sitting in someone’s safe or drawer most of its life. If you are in the market for a very special and top shelf vintage Rolex, this is one to strongly consider.