Rolex Submariner 'Big Crown'

Rolex Submariner 'Big Crown'

Why We Love It

The KING of Submariners - the 'Big Crown' Reference 6538.

Viewed by collectors worldwide as the holy grail of Submariner collecting, Big Subs tend to be end-game watches for enthusiasts. 

Unfortunately for most of us, they usually come with eye-watering --if not downright unattainable -- price tags. Recent examples of the top tier have commanded seven figures at auction. This example, while genuine, doesn't come close. 

Fitted with a very early matte tritium service dial with chapter ring, service handset, a 'Big Triangle' tribute bezel insert and sporting a nice case refresh and a slightly later riveted Oyster bracelet, this piece has  all the style at a fraction of the price of an untouched example.

In short, its wearable, usable, and just plain awesome. Drop us a line to learn more!

The Story

The Rolex Submariner commands respect. It’s a watch with a story, guts, beauty, and an indisputable pedigree that few other watches can claim. Whether one loves it or not, it’s the world’s most iconic sports watch, and it demands (and deserves) a place in any collection, vintage or modern.

There is no doubt that the model is ubiquitous, but what’s so enduring about its appeal is that there’s a model of Submariner for anyone. Its long run (sixty-three years and counting) produced many references, and though every execution shares some similarities with its forebears, each model is very much a watch of its own, with its own character and charm. Date or no-date, big crown or small—there’s a Submariner for all.


SKU: AS03571

Stainless steel case is approximately 37mm (excluding the crown). Rolex automatic-winding movement. Circa 1958.

Overall Condition: The case is in fantastic professionally restored condition showing only light wear from careful use. Early matte black tritium chapter ring service dial is in excellent condition with beautiful even patination. Luminous handset shows matching patination. Signed Brevet crown. Bezel is high a quality 'Red Triangle' aftermarket.

Includes stainless steel Rivet Oyster Bracelet with #82 end links dated 4/68 with signed 'Big Logo' clasp.

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