Rolex. An Extremely Rare Stainless Steel Automatic Wristwatch with Black Honeycomb Dial, Certificate, Bracelet and Associated Papers
Rolex. An Extremely Rare Stainless Steel Automatic Wristwatch with Black Honeycomb Dial, Certificate, Bracelet and Associated Papers.Signed Rolex, Oyster Perpetual, Milgauss, Ref. 6541, Case No. 412'370, Manufactured in 1958.Cal. 1055 automatic movement, 25 jewels, mono-metallic balance, anti-magnetic cap, black honeycomb dial, applied disc and dagger numerals, sweep centre seconds, tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case, black bezel calibrated to 60 units, screw down crown, screw back, stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet and deployant clasp, overall approximate length 7.5 inches, case, dial and movement signed.37.5mm diam..View Lot Notes >.Lot Notes.Accompanied by a Rolex fitted presentation box and outer packaging along with a Rolex Watch Company Chronometer Certificate..The present watch originally from an important Rolex collector is an extremely attractive and original example of the iconic Milgauss reference 6541. It impresses with its rare and sought after honeycomb dial, its lightning flash second hand and bezel. To further enhance the rarity of the present example, the watch is accompanied by paperwork from Rolex USA dated July 16 and August 4, 2008. In 2008, the watch was serviced by Rolex USA and following the servicing a Rolex SVP for Technical Operations sent a letter to the owner stating that upon inspection the watch, bezel, dial, hands and movement were all original Rolex manufacture. The letter further states the watch was manufactured on September 8th, 1958. It is extremely rare for Rolex to issue a letter from a senior executive identifying the date of manufacture and certifying the complete originality of a vintage Rolex watch. This is rarely done and only to accommodate special requests from important collectors personally known to the company..Milgauss Ref. 6541.The Milgauss model reference 6541 with black revolving bezel was introduced to the market in the mid-1950s. It was designed for use in areas of high electro-magnetic radiation, such as research labs or power stations. The influence of radiation on the balance work results in losing accuracy. These effects can be reduced by using the principles of a Faraday Cage, e.g. by placing the movement in an iron inner case shielding the movement. Due to a lack of popularity, reference 6541 was only produced during four years and was then replaced by reference 1019, featuring a blank bezel, straight sweep seconds hand and a caliber 1580 movement. The Milgauss ceased production altogether in 1988, taking almost a decade off before coming back to life in 2007 in the guise of the Ref. 116400. Today, the early Milgauss models, such as the present watch, enjoy enormous popularity amongst collector, especially in such well-preserved, original condition..Reference 6541 is illustrated in 100 Superlative Rolex Watches by John Goldberger, pp. 224 & 225, in I Cronografi Rolex - La Leggenda, Pucci Papaleo Editore, p. 33, and in Steel Rolex, Giorgia & Guido Mondani, p. 47.