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The Ultimate Rolex Submariner - Ref 6538 with Explorer dial 3-6-9, Red Depth & OCC !! ;-)

February 22 2012 at 6:47 AM

Philipp  (Login philippstahl)
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I still can't believe this exceptional Rolex treasure in mint condition has been found and I'm the lucky one having it on my wrist right now!! Every 5 minutes I've to check if i'm not dreaming, this is the ultimate Submariner to me, the rarest of them all, the earliest known ref 6538 in a bizarre 4 line version one could only dream of. It's having the best details we collectors are looking for in the most sought after Rolex Submariner; the Big Crown. Besides the mint condition, it shows us the adorable Explorer 3-6-9 on it's dial, then added on top of it's laquer the unique Red Depth 200 /660 print and last but not least, making it unique in it's condition, the Officially Certified Chronometer print. That makes a total of 3 color print in 4 lines on a ref 6538 with Explorer dial, that's just unbelievable!! See yourself wink.gif...

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I'm extremely honored by the fact my good friends Eric Ku & Matt Bain gave me the opportunity to have it, and show it to the world of vintage Rolex lovers. The story behind this marvelous find is that it came directly from Mexico, sold by the son of the original owner, who hardly had worn it during the years he had it. The case, the bevels, case back, bracelet, movement, bezel, all still look like it's how it was delivered in I-1956. The serial number 140.xxx makes it also one of the first known ref 6538's, compared to those (regular) 3/4 examples I know of without the magical OCC all have a later 145.xxx serial number. It's IMHO the rarest & earliest 6538!

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Until know I only knew of 1 exactly the same example, hidden in a japanese collection but in less condition and having unfortunately a relumed markers in a all over quite worn condition. I honestly thought it would never be possible to find one in mint, unmolested, all original condition. Thanks to Eric & Matt it happened! Even the tropic is still the same as when it left the Rolex company in Geneva, it's all craquele due to the radiation of the lume and give a awesome spider effect wink.gif

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I'm extremely excited I can finally show it to you! Once i'm back home, I'll make some decent picture of all sides & insides to show you this museum piece / early prototype in detail.

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Regards to you all!
Philipp


 
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Ray Nicol
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Wowwwww for me it is too the ultimate Submariner...

February 22 2012, 7:03 AM 

I just love the red depth too but to have the 3-6-9 dial as well is amazing !!!!!!!!!!!! big,big congratulations
I hope I can see it too soon you lucky bugger
best Ray

 
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WOW..what a amazing BC!!!!

February 22 2012, 7:12 AM 


 
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Johan
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That is just insane, almost like a fantasy....

February 22 2012, 7:12 AM 

Congrats on a supremely rare watch.

Johan

 
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OMG!!! That is the Absolute RAREST 6538 ever!!!

February 22 2012, 7:19 AM 

And soooooo stunning in condition as well!! Congrats Philipp!!

Best,
Jon

 
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incredible..

February 22 2012, 7:22 AM 

congrats..

 
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Re: The Ultimate Rolex Submariner - Ref 6538 with Explorer dial 3-6-9, Red Depth & OCC !! ;-)

February 22 2012, 7:29 AM 

WAOUW !!!

I can find only one word: BEAUTIFUL !!!

Groeten van Brussel.

Michel

 
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pulutsantan
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Wonderful! any foto on movement and cover?

February 22 2012, 7:31 AM 

2 cents worth
Yab

 
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Probably the most exciting find we will ever see...

February 22 2012, 7:46 AM 


Its just silly that watch!!!!! happy.gif

Yes, every box ticked and then some... Wow!


For me, it couldn't get any better.


How about I give you a Full spec Mil sub, a Newman, a Comex 5514 and a patent pending 1665?

Am i close? happy.gif

Probably not sad.gif



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David
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Wowowowowow!!!

February 22 2012, 7:48 AM 


 
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kaiserfranz
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CONGRATS Philipp - what a DREAM watch...

February 22 2012, 7:49 AM 

.....breathtaking and unreal !


ENJOY it !

 
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UNREAL !!

February 22 2012, 7:51 AM 

ABSOLUTLY UNREAL WATCH --- so happy for you, my friend !!!! You see me on my knees !!!!!!!! happy.gif

BEST !!
Werner

 
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Mark020
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Wow. Speechless! Still got your kidneys and/or soul?

February 22 2012, 7:52 AM 

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arolex
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WOW!!!! SOOOO!!! beautiful. Big Congrats.nt

February 22 2012, 7:56 AM 

nt

 
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Ron
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Well done!

February 22 2012, 7:58 AM 

A timeless treasure! Wear it in good health. If you need any children to leave it to in your will, I'm available; just let me know...

;^)

Ron

 
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Philipp
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MANY Thanks! & Before we go to the beach, here a quick shot of 2 times 6538 - 4 liners ;-)

February 22 2012, 8:03 AM 

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(Login Detlev333)
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Ridiculous!!!

February 22 2012, 8:04 AM 

Truly ridiculously nice 3/6/9 Big crown P!
Glad you had the balls to take the plunge and glad ours friends gave you the chance to obtain this true grail!
Enjoy your time in the US, cant wait for you to be back and show it to us

Ciao, D

 
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O.E.
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yesss! That's it!! (nt)

February 22 2012, 8:07 AM 

nt

Kind regards,
O.E.

 
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MdV
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Capo di Capi

February 22 2012, 8:16 AM 

Hey P,

We have been talking about grail watches (plural) but as with the original grail: there can be only one. However, unlike the original grail, you just found the Rolex grail.

Well done, and many thanks for sharing this ultimate piece !

Cheers,
Mark

 
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DMM
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Amazing.....

February 22 2012, 8:22 AM 

Wow !!!!!!

You have set the bar high ...I do not think there is a better one anywhere

DMM

 
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Wow!!!!!!! Philipp!!!! Big Congrats!!!! That´s Killer!!!

February 22 2012, 8:25 AM 


 
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Of course, I love it---One Suggestion

February 22 2012, 8:25 AM 

Don't go swimming with it on! Enjoy

 
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beautiful P!!!!!!!

February 22 2012, 8:29 AM 

Only 2 words Super grail!!!!!!!
enjouy it my friend!!!!!


Cheers,

Bas.nl

 
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Frank
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Unbelieveble!

February 22 2012, 8:38 AM 

There aren't words to express the beauty.

Just wow!

Frank

 
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Incredible!!

February 22 2012, 8:43 AM 

Really a grail...and one of a kind. BIIIIG congrats!

 
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Philipp,That's indeed the ultimate sub..

February 22 2012, 8:45 AM 

It has everything that a Rolex lover looking for!

Enjoy!

 
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Hammer
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Über Congrats Phillip, you always have the Good Oil, A STUNNA !!! Congrats (nt)

February 22 2012, 8:48 AM 


 
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Eric6538
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Very, very nice my friend, but.......

February 22 2012, 9:10 AM 

... I would trade it in for a nice vintage Porsche, so hope to see you soon my friend happy.gif

Groeten,

Eric

 
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Stunning watch Philipp! Really stunning!!! nt

February 22 2012, 9:11 AM 


 
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Vijay
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HOLY S**T!!!!

February 22 2012, 9:20 AM 


 
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"the earliest known ref 6538...."?

February 22 2012, 9:21 AM 

Absolutely stunning! However, whilst it may be by far the rarest and most desirable 6538 dial configuration, I dont understand why you need to further hype it as being the earliest 6538 or some kind of prototype. There are a number of 140XXX serial 6538s around, dated I 56. The watch is worthy of many superlatives, but it isn't (by a long way) the earliest 6538, nor do I see any justification for it being called a "prototype". Congratulations though, on an amazing aquisition.

Best,
Ian.

 
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Maybe its 140001?

February 22 2012, 9:46 AM 

Maybe its not happy.gif

but I think we could forgive Philipp for getting super excited this time happy.gif

Im guessing its now the screensaver on thousands of PC's Worldwide.

Truly amazing piece!!!!



I too have had one of the low 140xxx 6538 RED in the past but not a 369 4 line!

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(This one is now owned by a fellow VRF member)

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Agreed Roger....

February 22 2012, 9:55 AM 

....we'll forgive him for getting slightly over-excited. But, as we know, the lowest known 6538s are 490XX and, according to Geneva, these were manufactured in 1954.
Best,
Ian.

 
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Indeed. Philipp has earlier 6538's himself...

February 22 2012, 10:10 AM 

I think he was referring to RED 369 6538's only.

---Perpetual Knowledge---

 
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Powerful find, really nice. Congratulations...

February 22 2012, 9:29 AM 

PS.  Found in Mexico, so not a 3, 6, 9 dial, but rather a Tres, Seis y Nueve dial happy.gif




Peace,
Pedro


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Rick-O
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Ahhh....what a beautiful mythical beast!!!

February 22 2012, 9:43 AM 

Does this mean you will sell me your tropical 6538 now? happy.gif Relax, only kidding. Congrats on the score Philipp!!

 
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WOW - color me envious - congrats NT

February 22 2012, 9:58 AM 


 
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M.A.G.
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Congrats big guy - so happy for you- show us some wrist action!!

February 22 2012, 10:36 AM 

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Ouch !!!!!!!!!!! what a B E A U T Y Philipp

February 22 2012, 10:45 AM 


 
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Congratulations!

February 22 2012, 11:33 AM 

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Charles_
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Top 3 nicest watches I've seen on VRF.

February 22 2012, 11:44 AM 

Congrats Philipp!

 
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I´ve been away all day...

February 22 2012, 11:53 AM 

and just logged in, and now I have been staring at this watch over and over again...the rarity of th dial, the condition of the watch...simply unbelievable. I am just speechless. Carzy, insane, utterly beautiful, trascending to the sublime...

Jan

 
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big shot!

February 22 2012, 12:07 PM 



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masi
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YUMI , YUMI , YUMI ........

February 22 2012, 12:53 PM 

Really a stunning example, PS!



Would love to see more of the beautiful scans!

 
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Bernhard
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What the f•ck.... another one.......

February 22 2012, 1:06 PM 

Ohhhhhhh Philipp,

i still remember the first.
Ohhhh how times have changed wink.gif

Enjoy my friend.. see you soon. Crazy .... just crazy....


B

 
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Nacho
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Stunning

February 22 2012, 1:06 PM 

What an unveliebable piece.....congratulations , simply a miracle finding such a wonderful watch , enjoy it with health

 
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Absolutely AMAZING!!!!

February 22 2012, 1:28 PM 

I'm speechless! That's an amazing timepiece!

 
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OMG!!!! another Stunning Piece!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

February 22 2012, 1:44 PM 

ExtraBig Congrat!!!! wink.gif)

Cheers,

Francesco

 
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Congrats! What a beauty!!!!! nt

February 22 2012, 2:01 PM 



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Relaxa med Axa

 
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Grahame.
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Nice

February 22 2012, 2:02 PM 


Very Nice...big catch ...congrats and enjoy it !!! Fantastic.

G.


 
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Speechless!!! Ultimate Catch! Well done..

February 22 2012, 3:38 PM 


 
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Rony
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I just woke up in this part of the world....

February 22 2012, 4:13 PM 

slowly enjoying it with my coffee.....truly amazing!!!!!!
Congrats P!!!!

 
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Ismat
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As Bond would say.....

February 22 2012, 4:49 PM 

I must be dreaming

Beautiful Philipp!!!

 
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Steve.P
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That watch checks more boxes than there are boxes >

February 22 2012, 4:58 PM 

I am speechless!!!!

:-O

VWD Mr.P

best,

Steve

 
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Daniel
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What an absolutely amazing piece! Thanks for sharing

February 22 2012, 5:28 PM 


 
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Time for a holiday

February 22 2012, 8:26 PM 

To Mexico! happy.gif

Beautiful watch in great condition - congratulations on her acquisition...

Cheers

Mark

 
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fatboyharris
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Great patination!

February 23 2012, 12:36 AM 

A great watch, congratulations.

regards

John


 
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Fantastic watch, P! Congrats! I think its about time...

February 23 2012, 3:49 AM 

...to think over my too focused collecting....

 
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Truly amazing find!

February 23 2012, 4:55 AM 

Congrats!
A

 
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i'll bet that was cheap :)

February 23 2012, 5:14 AM 

ahahaha congrats on getting your hands on a very sweet find! like us, you are a fellow treasure hunter and your posts always give us the inspiration to keep sniffing and searching around these tropical islands looking for unusual pieces! i can only hope that someday you will be congratulating me when i get lucky and find something stunning too!

enjoy and all the best to you and your family!

janice happy.gif

cebu city philippines

 
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WOW

February 23 2012, 7:39 AM 

As so others here have said, THAT IS INCREDIBLE!!!! congrats on the acquisition. wear it in the best of health!!

 
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(Login VirginiaGary)
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My favorite watch is..............

February 23 2012, 9:16 AM 


THAT ONE!!!!!

 
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Not too shabby at all ......

February 23 2012, 11:15 AM 

.... as we say downunder. That's one fine looking 3-6-9 Philipp. Big congrats !

 
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Absolute Bombass Stunner

February 23 2012, 9:34 PM 

I've always said the finest watches in the world have passed through Eric's hands to deserving clientel

________________________
Cliffy

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Philipp
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MANY Thanks to all of you !!....

February 26 2012, 4:29 PM 

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The finest Sub I've ever seen

February 27 2012, 7:20 AM 

What a find!! Well done mate, very pleased for you! Looking forward to seeing many many more pictures!

 
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Re: The Ultimate Rolex Submariner - Ref 6538 with Explorer dial 3-6-9, Red Depth & OCC !! ;-)

February 21 2013, 9:09 PM 

Great post! Congrats on your hard work. These Rolex are awesome. A man's watch isn't just a piece of jewelry but a very personal item that lasts a lifetime. A Rolex wristwatch is also considered a status symbol, and prestigious people are often seen wearing these watches. Owning a Rolex watch means that you are wearing one of the most recognized, often counterfeited watch brands in the world.


Gents Watches

 
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