Rolex James Bond Big Crown Submariner Ref 6538 with Four-Line Dial

Model: ,
Year of issue: 1957
Reference number: 6538
Condition: hardly worn
Status: available
Dealer country: United States
Dealer name: Eric Wind
Price in US $ 575,000


This particular example is one of the rarest and most desirable versions, preserved in spectacular condition. The glossy dial is immaculate and is the rare and desirable “four-line” version showing the text “Officially Certified Chronometer” below the “200m = 660ft” depth rating and “SUBMARINER” text. Furthermore, this example features its original and extremely rare aluminum bezel insert with red triangle and no hash marks between 0 and 15 minutes. These inserts are found only on Submariners with cases produced in the 3rd quarter of 1957 across the 306,XXX to 307,XXX serial numbers. It has an automatic chronometer-certified movement (caliber 1030 made by Rolex). The exceptionally crisp case measures in at approximately 38mm in diameter.


Eric Wind

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...