Rare Rolex Ref 6062 ‘The Dark Star’ Back on Auction Block for sale
6062, possibly unworn, is up for grabs at the Christie’s New York next month. Nicknamed the”The Dark Star”, the opinion is as notable for its”Stelline” or”Star dial” since it is for its deeply oxidized 18K gold case.
Introduced in 1950 and created for approximately 10 years, Rolex’s Ref. 6062 is among only two Rolex models to feature a triple calendar, another being the Ref. 8171 “Padellone”. Fitted with an in-house automatic motion with a full calendar and moonphase sign, Ref. 6062 differed from the Padellone by virtue of being housed in the iconic Oyster case. Incidentally, both of these references stayed the sole two Rolex watches moonphase watches created in series, until the arrival of the Cellini Ref. 50535 at 2017.
According to Christie’s, just 150 of the roughly 670 cases of Ref. 6062 made in yellow gold have appeared on the market, far fewer using the”Star Dial” and not one with a case in this condition. The dark oxidation of this case over decades which has generated this patina is likely to be the result of the opinion being unworn over recent years.
What is also cool is that the situation looks unpolished, so the case traces are well preserved. In reality, the twisted caseback retains its original satin finish, the numbers between the lugs are crisp, and so would be the pinholes, proof of how seldom the watch was worn. Additional a crisp gold hallmark is seen into the rear of the top right lug. The situation was made in Geneva by Genex, the case section of merry Frères. The 35-mm-wide instance is fitted with the original”Super-Oyster” crown. Two variants of crown are seen on the Ref. 6062, the”Super-Oyster”, and the Twin-Lock crown.
Gold glowing stars shine brightly against the matte silvered dial. The”Star Dial” is actually a’Mark 1 Dial Type 755′ made by celebrated dial manufacturer Stern Frères. Sort 755 remains the sole dial created for Ref. Another version, dial Type 453, has star-shaped numerals also however, the luminous material is not central to the numerals there.
The dial features the”Officially Certified Chronometer” designation on the subsidiary dial as opposed to beneath the Rolex signature, dating this opinion to 1952-1953. The moonphase disk – charmingly given eyes, a nose and a mouth – has been made by Stern Frères with the blue enamel champlevé technique also used in Patek Philippe watches. The calendar disks, also made by Stern Frères, are with inscriptions painted black and white were produced in five languages; English, French, German, Italian or Spanish, the current instance in English.