Rolex “Gilt Dial” Explorer, ref. 6610 with Crown & Cross Crown

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Year of issue: 1950s

Reference number: 6610

Serial number: 36X,XXX

Condition: worn

Status: sold

Dealer country: United States

Price in US $: n/a

Watch details

This Rolex Explorer, ref. 6610 has a beautiful tropical gilt dial with original gilt hands and also features a crown and cross emblem on the crown. These crowns are rarely seen, but it is believed the "+" symbol signifies "Patented" or "Swiss Patented." This crowns are typically found on watches from the 1950s. Brand: Rolex Model: Explorer, ref. 6610 Circa: 1950s Serial: 360,250 Dial: Black, Gilt Dial Case Size: 36mm Case Thickness: 13mm Bracelet Size: Adjustable strap Bracelet Material: Steel Case Material: Steel Bezel Material: Steel Movement: Automatic Function: Time


Justin Gruenberg


Rolex on Everest's first ascents
Inspired by knowledge gained from this fascinating chapter of human adventure, the Oyster Perpetual Explorer, launched in 1953 to celebrate the victorious ascent of Everest, immediately acquired iconic status.


In 1953, Sir John Hunt’s expedition, in which Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reached the summit of Mount Everest, was equipped with Oyster Perpetuals.


In the early 1950s, Rolex developed professional watches that served as tools and whose functions went far beyond simply telling the time. These watches were intended for professional activities, such as deep-sea diving, aviation, mountain climbing and scientific exploration. The watches generated lasting enthusiasm and became known as the watches of achievers.