Rolex Oyster Perpetual 'Explorer Dial'
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual 'Explorer Dial'

Why We Love It

The "Pre-Explorer"!

This beautiful Oyster Perpetual is a Reference 6084. Dating from the early 1950s, it possesses a 'semi-bubbleback' case used by the manufacture from the 1930s to 1950s. 

Sized at 34.5mm, this proto-Oyster case sports a white non luminous "Explorer-style" dial with applied Arabic indices at 3:00, 6:00, and 9:00 as well as a stylized 'feuille' handset. This is one of the first applications of the 'Explorer' style dial, and radiates charisma that only the "famous Rolex Oyster" could possess! 

This is a rare opportunity to own an excellent example of a watch whose design language went on to inspire a legend!

The Story

Rolex first patented the Oyster case in 1925, but the quest for a waterproof and dust-proof case began shortly before the First World War. The cases of the Great War and the early 1920s came in two or three pieces with an inner case that shielded the movement (then a manual-wind movement) from the wet, dusty conditions of the battlefield. The Oyster case of 1925 represented the culmination of ten years of development. It gained notoriety in 1927, when Mercedes Gleitze became the first British woman to swim across the English Channel, wearing - you guessed it - a Rolex. A series of advertisements followed, featuring smiling flappers holding their Rolexes in fishtanks.

As with the Oyster case, the Perpetual movement saw many iterations before finally being perfected in the 1930s. Rolex's first automatic movement quietly debuted in 1931, without the fanfare that followed the introduction of the Oyster case. The movement was met with some consternation from purists who decried the "extreme novelty" of a self-winding watch. Nevertheless, Rolex could see that they had struck gold with the Perpetual movement. They continued to develop and improve it over the years, establishing a line of watches that would stand as an alternative to Rolex's sportier models.  

The Oyster Perpetuals of the remain some of Rolex's best-loved timepieces. Elegant, with clean lines, the watches are nevertheless sturdy, coming in stainless steel or 18k yellow or pink gold. Meant to be worn every day, the Oyster Perpetual combines elegant looks with rugged dependability. 

 

Details

SKU: AS03418

Stainless steel case is approximately 34.5mm (excluding the crown). Reference 6084. Rolex Calibre 24071 automatic-winding movement. Circa 1952.

Overall Condition: The case is in great condition overall showing normal wear consistent with age and use. Non luminous off-white dial is in great condition with applied Arabic numerals. Non luminous 'feuille' handset. Signed crown.

Includes black leather strap with steel pin buckle.

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