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Bidding on the piece, which was among the inherited possessions of “an oil-industry geologist” and is being sold without a reserve, has already reached £125,000 GBP (approximately $171,000 USD), surpassing the previous highest bid ever made through online auction house, Watch Collecting.
The Rolex Submariner Ref. 6200 was the third version of the iconic design to arrive to market, following 6204 and 6205 references. In the first few years of its life, the Submariner went through a series of rapid changes as Rolex looked for an identity that would stick with customers. This resulted in a number of small production runs and a great deal of variety in terms of design, both elements that appeal to Rolex collectors.
Rolex only made 300 pieces of the 6200 – or Big Crown Submariner – which earned the nickname for its 8mm Brevet crown. The reference also features Arabic numerals at 3/6/9 – now more closely associated with Rolex’s Explorer – and “Mercedes” hands.
This example lacks its original bezel insert and original bracelet, but its dial and hands are described as being “in remarkable condition” with its luminous material “evenly aged,” its case features “clear lines and bevel edges” indicating “a lack of polishing” and its A296 movement is “clean and running well.”
You can join the bidding for this early Rolex Submariner at Watching Collecting.