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Yellow Gold Rolex Ref. 6062 "Stelline" Black Dial


The Geneva Watch Auction: THREE, Lot 192

Reference 6062 is one of only two models ever made by Rolex featuring a full calendar and the phases of the moon, together with reference 8171. Reference 6062 was made in the early 1950s for only a few years, and until today we have only seen examples in stainless steel, yellow gold or pink gold. The model remains to be not only one of the rarest vintage collector watches, but also amongst the most valuable.

A large number of different dial designs and types were used during the reference’s short production run. Silvered dials were fitted with arrow, pyramid, or, very rarely, with star- shaped hour markers. The most exclusive of all dial versions are those finished in black lacquer. The most famous of this group is the Bao Dai, named a er Vietnam’s last emperor and prominent owner of one of the three examples known today fitted with diamond numerals.

Equally rare and exclusive are examples featuring a black lacquer dial with eight, five- pointed faceted stars for hour markers. It is thanks to this dial configuration that reference 6062 has received its flattering nickname "Stelline", Italian for starlet. Another desirable feature of this watch is the absolutely correct, matching moonphase disk with black sky rather than blue. To date, only four examples are known to scholars with this configuration, and it is always a spectacular event when they appear on the auction market.

Housed in a water-resistant Oyster case, the reference 6062 was also fitted with the "Super Oyster" crown, enhancing the watch’s ability to seal the dial and movement from the intrusion of moisture and water. The present lot is in absolutely superb condition and its black dial features period luminous material with minor imperfections, which one would expect for a watch of its time.

In addition to the rarity of this piece, the condition is undeniably superb, with a sharp bezel and crisp numbers in between the lugs. The offering of this spectacular black dial "Stelline" reference 6062 is an event by itself, and an opportunity that the most demanding and educated collectors of vintage wristwatches should not miss.

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