1950s steel vintage Rolex Oyster Perpetual watch (4121)
An automatic stainless steel vintage Rolex watch, model 6084. The case measures 34 mm in diameter and 40 mm lug to lug, with a Rolex Super Oyster winding crown. The case is signed Rolex, Geneva, Swiss, ref:6084 and dated 1952. The centre-sweep second, automatic movement is signed Rolex Perpetual Chronometer Swiss Made Patented. The dial has raised gilt ‘arrow-head’ hour indicators to the quarters and a Rolex coronet at the twelve. The dial has some original patina. The dial is signed Rolex Oyster Perpetual above the centre, with Officially Certified Chronometer below.
A truly stunning 1952 Rolex Perpetual wristwatch, predescesor to the Rolex Explorer, in fabulous original condition!
Rolex, the sponsors of the ‘Everest Expedition’, state that Hillary and Tenzing were given with versions of the reference 6084 “Oyster” waterproof model, an adventurer’s favourite since the 1930s. Hillary’s watch is now in the Beyer Watch and Clock Museum in Zürich, apparently returned to Rolex after the descent for testing and later presented to Mr. Beyer for his museum.
The ‘Explorer’ was first produced by Rolex in 1953 following the expedition, with ‘Explorer’ added to black dials along with the 3-6-9 numerals. It is has become one of the most sought after Rolex watch designs.