The Major General Rolex
11th April 2022
Included in the Watch Auction on the 25th May 2022 is this very rare and 'sleepy' condition early Rolex Submariner wristwatch. It has been locked away for many years and was formerly owned by Major General Lechmere Cay Thomas CB,CBE,DSO & Bar (1897-1981), a senior British Army officer who fought in both the First and Second World Wars.
What makes this piece so special?
The dial is the simple quick answer, with this particular watch the dial shows the depth rating in red script, a quite rare feature much sought after and admired by international watch collectors.
It certainly appears to have been well worn and is missing the original bezel insert and also a bracelet, but is still expected to sell for a five-figure sum when it goes under the hammer on the 25th May 2022.
The 6536-1 model was introduced in 1955 for only a short period until 1959, this model being one of the earliest from 1955.
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 'Red Depth' Submariner stainless steel gentleman's wristwatch, ref. 6536/1, serial no. 112xxx, circa 1955, 'Swiss' dial with gilt text and red script depth rating, Mercedes hands and centre seconds, cal. 1030 25 jewel movement, the inside case back dated 'IV.55', 37mm (lacking the bezel insert and no bracelet)
PLEASE SEE HERE FOR THE LOT INFORMATION - Sold for £33,496 inclusive of fees