Rolex Submariner “James Bond-big crown”, without crown guards, Ref. 6538, from 1956

Model: ,
Year of issue: 1956
Reference number: 6538
Condition: worn
Status: sold
Dealer country: Germany
Price in EUR € n/a


Very rare Rolex Submariner, James Bond-big crown, without crown guards,  Ref. 6538, wot ID: 20701

  • CASE screwed case, steel, acrylic glass, rotating bezel, screw-down crown
  • MOVEMENT caliber Rolex 1030, automatic
  • DIAL original dial and hands, gilt dial
  • BRACELET riveted oyster bracelet
  • * collector's item. The Ref. 6538 is one of the most collectible and very hard to find Submariners. Produced between 1954 and 1959, she has appeared in several Bond films, including “Dr. No”, “From Russia with Love”, “Goldfinger” and “Thunderball”, with often a decisive role.
  • very nice original condition
  • 1956
  • on request


Ralf Meertz

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...