«James Bond» transitional small crown MK1 red depth
Introduced in 1955, the 6536-1 is commonly considered as a transitional model from Rolex’s earliest Submariners executions to the later ones, the Big Crown 6538 versions. They are so similar that it has retained the ‘James Bond’ nickname. No crown guards, thinner profile and small crown of 6mm (vs 8mm for big crown) the 6536-1 has the perfect proportions allowing the owner to wear it with a swim suit or a business suit! The earliest version were granted with the depth indication in red numbers. A grail for most collectors characteristic of a truly important watch.
Serial: 112,xxx (1955) MK1. Only serial acceptable for red depth
Dial: MK1 glossy gilt dial with a typical very « golden » gilt lettering vs the later version (more « silvery »). Hands perfectly match the color of the index including the lollipop for seconds. Usually dials from 1955 are damaged by the strong radium of the index. It is remarkable that this one, although highly radioactive, has remained glossy. Video of the Geiger counter reacting to index radium is available. The very rare « no hash-mark » bezel is also matching the MK1 version of the reference.
Case: very strong with no evidence of polishing history. Original back case 6536-1 with « IV.1955 » engraved (Q4 1955) matching the serial number period. Between the lugs at 12h « BREVET + » engraved above the reference number as it should. The crown is also showing the « + » sign.
Movement: Valjoux 1030 ROW engraved on bridge indicating the watch was for the US market.
Bracelet: very likely original elastic riveted Rolex bracelet with 64 end links and original clasp from «2 55».
This barn find is simply a very important watch in absolutely outstanding condition. It comes with its Rolex presentation box.