ROLEX TURNOGRAPH REF. 6202
Many enthusiasts believe that the Rolex Turnograph reference 6202 is the very first steel sports watch that Rolex has ever made. The reason for this lies in the fact that while it was called the Turnograph because of its rotating bezel, its technical and aesthetic features were virtually identical to those later used on the Submariner. Rotating graduated aluminum bezel, automatic movement, water-resistant steel case with screw-down back and the black dial are also found on the Submariner, the quintessential Rolex sports watch. The Rolex Turnograph ref. 6202 was only produced for a very short time, about two years, and is now highly sought after by collectors, especially exceptionally well preserved examples like this one.
This Rolex Turnograph ref. 6202 is an exceptional specimen of this rare Rolex sports watch. The overall condition is extremely good, the case looks unpolished, the bezel inlay is intact and original to the watch, the caliber works perfectly, the bracelet has no stretch. The dial is in very well preserved although over the years it has partially lost its glossy finish, which is absolutely normal for a watch of this age. The gilt graphics are perfect and original, as are the radium lume on the hands and hour markers. Note that, as with Turn-O-Graphs of this era, the luminous index at 6 of the clock is brighter than the other radium numerals. Rolex most likely designed this to improve readability. All components are original and correct for the year of manufacture: Swiss only chapter ring dial, lollipop second hand, red triangle inlay, 6202 I/54 signed caseback, riveted bracelet signed year 54′, A286 automatic caliber, plexi cracked.
Year 1954, 35mm diameter, Serial Number 951,XXX.