ROLEX TURN-O-GRAPH 6202

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ROLEX TURN-O-GRAPH 6202

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    Pickup available, usually ready in 2-4 days

    35/37 Ludgate Hill
    London EC4M 7JN
    United Kingdom

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THE ESSENTIALS

MAKE: ROLEX
MODEL: 6202
YEAR: 1954
BOX/PAPERS: NO/NO
CASE DIAMETER: 36mm
CASE MATERIAL: STAINLESS STEEL
BRACELET MATERIAL: STAINLESS STEEL
MOVEMENT: AUTOMATIC

In an exploration of Rolex's archival designs, the Reference 6202, also known as the "Pre-Submariner," holds a pivotal position in the lineage of the brand's dive watches. Introduced in 1953, this model stands out for its foundational role in the development of Rolex's iconic Submariner series. The 6202 showcases both the technical innovation and aesthetic cues that have come to define Rolex's approach to dive watch design.

Made in 36mm, a mm smaller than the series of small crowns that followed it, the 6202 actually set the precedent for the original 6541 Milgauss which used the same case size and featured a black rotating bezel, initially made from brass and then overlaid with black paint, a precursor to the more durable materials used in later models.

This model had an extremely short run, with several dial and hand variants seen over the two year production making it one of the rarest model to find, especially in its original form. 

At the heart of the 6202 is the A260 movement that again was used in the 6204 and 6205 Submariners. Its still in great shape for its age, and still keeping within 9 seconds a day at over 200 amps.  The original and exceedingly rare 3 liner dial and gilt hands are in superb condition and marked with radium luminous material. The original bezel insert has also survived as has the Brevet marked crown.

The correct period C&I unmarked expandable rivet bracelet has been serviced and is ready to wear, the clasp is stamped 1/70. 

The 6202's significance extends beyond its technical attributes; it served as a template for the Submariner, which would launch shortly thereafter and become synonymous with dive watches. While the Submariner added specific diving features, such as a more readable dial and an improved water resistance, the 6202 was the genesis of this evolution, for that alone is should hold a special place in any vintage collection. 

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