Rolex Oysterdate Precision ‘Honeycomb’ Ref. 6494 Year 1956 (with Box)

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Year of issue: 1956

Reference number: 6494

Serial number: 473XX

Condition: mint

Status: sold

Dealer country: Dubai

Price in US $: n/a

Watch details

We often come across watches in the collectible range which are rare and important and most of these are usually the known popular and strong references, mostly Rolex Sports models, Day Dates or Datejusts. The Precisions usually don't enjoy that much attention but this little gem, the took our breath away when we saw it. We got more excited than when buying a Daytona or Submariner. The present Rolex Oysterdate reference 6494 has lots of charm in the original Honeycomb which is in a beautiful condition. The red depth rating in combination with the Roulette date add a lot to the beauty of this watch. The radium is original and honest and reflects the best of the 1950's. An extremely interesting watch you hardly find on the market in this condition.  

SKU 1.1.661
Brand Rolex
Model Oysterdate Precision 'Honeycomb'
Ref. No. 6494
Serial No. 473XX
Year 1956
Gender Gents
Case Size 34mm
Case Excellent case that has been polished in the past. Lugs remain straight and even.
Bracelet / Strap Excellent and rare stretch Oyster bracelet with hardly any stretch from wear, clasp stamped 56
Dial Excellent and very rare off-white Honeycomb dial with red depth rating and Roulette date. The original Radium markers. The minute hand has lost the radium which probably left a light mark at 2' o clock. Radium reacts correctly to UV and Geiger
Price Sold
Crystal Acrylic
Movement Manual
Functions Date
Condition Mint
Box Period faux lizard box and carton with reference sticker
Papers No


Tariq Malik


Rolex first concentrated on the quality of the movements. The relentless quest for chronometric precision rapidly led to success. In 1910, a Rolex watch was the first wristwatch in the world to receive the Swiss Certificate of Chronometric Precision, granted by the Official Watch Rating Centre in Bienne. Four years later, in 1914, Kew Observatory in Great Britain awarded a Rolex wristwatch a class “A” precision certificate, a distinction which until that point in time had been reserved exclusively for marine chronometers. From that date forward, the Rolex wristwatch was synonymous with precision.