1958 Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner James-Bond Edition


This is the the James Bond Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner. The ref. 6538 big-crown all-original is from 1958. The unpolished and original case measures 37.5mm and retains the correct 6538 bezel and insert. The handset is completely original to the watch. This watch was purchased from the original owner in Nova Scotia, Canada. As you can see from the inscription on the rear, this watch has military provenance, with the owner being a Lieutenant who was affiliated with H.M.C.S. Stadacona, a Canadian forces naval-engineering school in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He purchased this watch in Europe in 1958 and was the sole owner. Interestingly, we find some 6538 Submariners purchased in Europe have ref. 5510 dials and the correct, corresponding caliber (5510) 1530 movement. Some have debated this movement and watch combination for the 6538. Rolex often used parts they had in stock in the early years, using up old stock in newer models or when servicing watches. We know for certain that this is an original-owner watch and not ‘put together.’

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