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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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Henry
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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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hennabav
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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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delgado
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incredible..

February 22 2012, 7:22 AM 

congrats..


    
This message has been edited by ferrari-328 from IP address 97.101.22.102 on Feb 22, 2012 7:31 AM


 
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Michel
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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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Roger
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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



---Perpetual Knowledge---

 
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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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Gatsby
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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 

happy.gif

 
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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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Detlev
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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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