This is a Rolex you won’t see each day: the Submariner Big Crown Four Liner 6538. Four Liner alludes to the four lines of text on the dial that not just demonstrates the model name (Submariner), profundity rate (200 meters/660 feet) yet in addition that it is an Officially Certified Chronometer.
Submariner Big Crown
Although it is unquestionably identified with today’s Rolex Submariner, this reference 6538 chronometer model is something different! With a measurement of ‘just’ 37.5mm, it looks exceptionally recognized and the huge crown (8mm breadth) gives you promptly the sensation of having an appropriate vintage instrument watch on the wrist.
A 1957 Reference 6538
In the beginning of the Submariner (presented in Basel in 1954), things were somewhat muddled with the references and models. It plainly shows that Rolex was still ‘prototyping’ with their expert jumpers watch in those initial not many years. References 6200, 6205 and 6205 were accessible with very some variety in the dials. You’d even see one with the ‘Explorer’ set-up in regards to the dial. With the later 6536(/1) and 6538, the way was cleared for the later 55xx arrangement, however they actually accompanied very some variety. The 6536(/1) was evaluated 100 meters water obstruction and the ‘Big Crown’ 6538 200 meters. The Submariner Big Crown 6538 was underway from 1954 to 1959. The watch we have here traces all the way back to 1957.
Big Crown – James Bond
Although numerous vintage Rolex Submariners ( here is our article on the historical backdrop of Submariners ) are being alluded to as ‘ James Bond ‘ watch, just the reference 6538 with huge crown has been utilized in 007 movies Dr. No, From Russia with Love, and Goldfinger. The previous reference 6200 and later 5510 likewise had huge crowns for instance, yet it was by and large the reference 6538 watch that was highlighted in these motion pictures. The crown has been endorsed with ‘Brevet’, which is the French sign for a patent.
Chronometer Cal.1030 Movement
New for the 6538 (and 6536/1) was the type 1030 development in 1956. The 6538 references before 1956 additionally had the type 1030 development, however without the chronometer affirmation. Obviously, Rolex expected to communicate this affirmation and did as such on the dial with the renowned two extra lines of text: Officially Certified, Chronometer. So this clarifies the ‘four liner’ designation. There are various varieties again in this printing, as later on, Rolex added ‘Superlative’ before ‘Chronometer’.
The Rolex Submariner Big Crown is an exceptionally pursued model, particularly this ref. 6538. Phillips showed me this Big Crown Four Liner during their viewings in Geneva a month ago, and this specific watch will be unloaded on December fifth 2018 in New York. The first chronometer testament from 1957 is additionally essential for the part, much the same as the crate and unique assurance paper.
On the case back, there is this etching that peruses “GES 362-24-6858”. It is to be accepted by Phillips that it alludes to one of its past proprietors by the name of George E. Stoddard (1924-1997) and that this individual had his initials and federal retirement aide number recorded. As per the bartering house, this was done in the event of misfortune (and particularly significant if Stoddard served in the military).
Phillips shows the bezel of this watch to be extraordinarily uncommon, additionally alluded to as the Mk2 bezel. A red triangle, no moment divisions (typically until the 15-minute marker), bored and no lume pearl. I had never seen this one, yet I am clearly not a Submariner expert.
This Rolex Submariner Big Crown ref.6538 has been assessed somewhere in the range of $300,000.- and $600,000.- USD (€261,000-521,000) which shows that assumptions are high. It is unquestionably an uncommon piece, yet I don’t feel the affection myself. The exemplifications (to keep it in style) utilized by Phillips in their list depiction of this watch are breathtaking, fantastic, and interesting. What the last watch barters in Geneva showed is that authorities are certainly able to spend on pieces, as long as they are of great. A decent pattern, if you were to ask me. I’m no soothsayer however, I do not understand where the offers on this Submariner Big Crown 6538 Four Liner will end. It is unquestionably uncommon and pursued, and maybe the reference to possess in the event that you are into gathering Rolex Submariner watches.
The sell off parcel can be found .