Rolex “The Red Depth Double reference Submariner ref. 6536/6538 ”

Year of issue: 1955
Reference number: 6536 6538
Condition: mint
Status: sold
Dealer country: Monaco
Price in EUR € n/a


Incredibly rare Rolex Submariner ref. 6536/6538 manufactured in 1955. Produced for one year only in 1955, reference 6536 is amongst the earliest of all Submariners. The present specimen is the rarest one since it is a double reference 6536/6538: definitely a transitional example, as the case back displays the number 6536, along with 6538 crossed out by Rolex. The Red depth rating gives the final touch of rarity: only the earliest examples were carrying the Red 100/330 designation. The wonderful gilt chapter ring “Swiss” dial is featuring a charming grainy patina and the radium plots have aged with a warm ivory tone perfectly combined with the gilt hands and seconds lollipop. Moreover the amazing black bezel is perfectly preserved improving the charisma and desirability of this extraordinary “no crown guards” Submariner. Approximately 10 examples with these particular features have appeared on the market. Case n.: 89xxx Mov: Automatic, cal. 1030 Diam: 37,5mm Box & Papers: none Manufactured in: 1955


Corrado Mattarelli

The Rolex Submariner

The Rolex Submariner is without a doubt one of the most successful Rolex models in history. Not only because it more than aptly served its purpose as diver’s watch, although I am pretty sure only a small number of Submariners has ever seen a spat of water. Its appearance in several James Bond movies certainly helped as well. If you omit functionality and marketing, the Submariner success is mainly due to its elegance as a timeless dress watch. It’s just one of those watches you keep looking at, regardless of wanting to know the time of day. The Submariner was launched in 1953 and officially presented at the Basel Fair in 1954. Check out my RPReport about the Rolex Submariner History by following this link...