Friday, July 31, 2009

Rolex 6202 Turn-O-Graph gilt dial

After much searching, I have finally found another Rolex 6202 with an original gilt dial. The price to pay, however, is twice the amount for the previous one.

The 6202is THE VERY FIRST Rolex watch with a rotating bezel.   Considered by many as the base model on which the Submariner, Sea-Dweller, Thunderbird and Yachtmaster were built.

Since I have decided to keep a series of Rolex bubbleback and semi-bubbleback, this 6202 with original gilt dial is a must as I have grouped it as part of the extension of skus belonging to the Bubbleback series.

The Turn-O-Graph was presented at the Basel Fair in 1953, the year of production of the present watch. The model was always fitted with a rotating bezel with five minute divisions, referred to as a "time-recording-rim" by Rolex. Designed to be used as a simplified chronograph version for timing events for up to an hour, it was promoted as being able to calculate the "Timing of a transatlantic telephone call, the rate of a machine, a patient's pulse, the speed of a train or the development of a film".

Despite its brilliant concept, the model was at the time not as successful as expected by Rolex, mainly due to the simultaneous in-house competition from the Submariner and the GMT-Master, but enjoys today great popularity amongst collectors.

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