Rolex Explorer Ref. 6150 from 1953


A highly uncommon Rolex tool watch (reference 6150), which holds significant historical value as the inaugural model in the esteemed Explorer series production. Scroll down to read more about this rare timepiece.



This presented example stands out in its untouched/unrestored condition, a rarity for this particular model. Unlike with other 6150’s, the original MK1 handset with its elongated hour hand and syringe minute hand are still present. Corresponding to the honest condition, the watch boosts an unpolished case. Remarkably, even the original glazed crystal remains present. No ‘safe queen’ here as this watch has been loved and worn for many years by its previous owner(s), yet taken care of tremendously in the sense of originality.

The gilt black dial displays an appealing patina, a characteristic aging attributed to the radium-filled hour markers and handset of the 6150 reference. Notably, this example preserves these elements flawlessly, contributing to a distinct rustic charm. This aesthetic aligns seamlessly with the early identity of this Rolex piece, in its destiny to evolve into the renowned ‘Explorer’ line.
Note the natural signs of patina in the form of subtle ‘stretch’ tear to the black coating of the dial between the 10 and 11 hour mark and left to the 1 hour mark.

The reference and serial number between the lugs are perfect legible (serial 931.XXX).
The Cal. A296 remains in the same non-altered condition and runs with fine accuracy.

Watch is fitted on a later Rolex Oyster bracelet.

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