This is a Rolex you won’t see each day: the Submariner Big Crown Four Liner 6538. Four Liner alludes to the four lines of text on the dial that not just shows the model name (Submariner), profundity rate (200 meters/660 feet) yet in addition that it is an Officially Certified Chronometer.

Submariner Big Crown

Although it is unquestionably identified with today’s Rolex Submariner, this reference 6538 chronometer model is something different! With a breadth of ‘just’ 37.5mm, it looks extremely recognized and the huge crown (8mm measurement) gives you quickly the sensation of having a legitimate vintage instrument watch on the wrist.

A 1957 Reference 6538

In the beginning of the Submariner (presented in Basel in 1954), things were somewhat untidy with the references and models. It unmistakably shows that Rolex was still ‘prototyping’ with their expert jumpers watch in those initial not many years. References 6200, 6205 and 6205 were accessible with very some variety in the dials. You’d even see one with the ‘Explorer’ set-up in regards to the dial. With the later 6536(/1) and 6538, the way was cleared for the later 55xx arrangement, however they actually accompanied very some variety. The 6536(/1) was appraised 100 meters water opposition and the ‘Big Crown’ 6538 200 meters. The Submariner Big Crown 6538 was underway from 1954 to 1959. The watch we have here traces all the way back to 1957.

Big Crown – James Bond

Although numerous vintage Rolex Submariners ( here is our article on the historical backdrop of Submariners ) are being alluded to as ‘ James Bond ‘ watch, just the reference 6538 with enormous crown has been utilized in 007 movies Dr. No, From Russia with Love, and Goldfinger. The prior reference 6200 and later 5510 additionally had large crowns for instance, yet it was actually the reference 6538 watch that was highlighted in these films. The crown has been endorsed with ‘Brevet’, which is the French sign for a patent.

Chronometer Cal.1030 Movement

New for the 6538 (and 6536/1) was the type 1030 development in 1956. The 6538 references before 1956 additionally had the type 1030 development, however without the chronometer certificate. Obviously, Rolex expected to communicate this certificate and did as such on the dial with the well known two extra lines of text: Officially Certified, Chronometer. So this clarifies the ‘four liner’ designation. There are various varieties again in this printing, as later on, Rolex added ‘Superlative’ before ‘Chronometer’.

Sought After

The Rolex Submariner Big Crown is an exceptionally pursued model, particularly this ref. 6538. Phillips showed me this Big Crown Four Liner during their viewings in Geneva a month ago, and this specific watch will be unloaded on December fifth 2018 in New York. The first chronometer declaration from 1957 is additionally essential for the parcel, much the same as the case and unique assurance paper.

On the case back, there is this etching that peruses “GES 362-24-6858”. It is to be accepted by Phillips that it alludes to one of its past proprietors by the name of George E. Stoddard (1924-1997) and that this individual had his initials and government managed retirement number recorded. As indicated by the bartering house, this was done in the event of misfortune (and particularly important if Stoddard served in the military).


Phillips shows the bezel of this watch to be incredibly uncommon, likewise alluded to as the Mk2 bezel. A red triangle, no moment divisions (typically until the 15-minute marker), bored and no lume pearl. I had never seen this one, however I am doubtlessly not a Submariner expert.

Phillips Auction

This Rolex Submariner Big Crown ref.6538 has been assessed somewhere in the range of $300,000.- and $600,000.- USD (€261,000-521,000) which shows that assumptions are high. It is certainly an uncommon piece, however I don’t feel the affection myself. The exemplifications (to keep it in style) utilized by Phillips in their list portrayal of this watch are breathtaking, marvelous, and intriguing. What the last watch barters in Geneva showed is that gatherers are certainly able to spend on pieces, as long as they are of top notch. A decent pattern, if you were to ask me. I’m no soothsayer however, I do not understand where the offers on this Submariner Big Crown 6538 Four Liner will end. It is certainly uncommon and pursued, and maybe the reference to possess on the off chance that you are into gathering Rolex Submariner watches.

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