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The Darkest Rolex Star

This particular vintage Rolex is an experts' most wanted. Here's why.

The Rolex 'Stelline' 6062 reference is a name every expert or collector in the horological industry is familiar with. Available in a yellow gold case with an automatic triple calendar, the 1952 Rolex ref. 6062, also known as “The Dark Star”, comes with a special dial and design which was limited to just a few hundred watches over ten years. This particular piece is available for auction in its original condition on the 6th December in New York by Christie's.

Having gotten its nickname from the stars or 'starlets' on the dial, the watch is encased in an 18k yellow gold case which has now developed a

"Such a level of dark oxidisation is only possible when the watch has remained unworn and been impeccably preserved over its lifespan."

beautiful dark patina. This particular model is one of the only two models which were introduced at the Basel Fair in 1950 to feature a triple calendar complication. The other is the reference 8171 'Padellone'. However, unlike the 'Padellone' the 'Stelline' ref. 6062 comes housed in the iconic Rolex 'Oyster' 36mm case.

The highlight of the watch is its impeccable preservation. Such a level of dark oxidisation is only possible when the watch has remained unworn and been impeccably preserved over its lifespan. The case is the closest to an original finish, and it is very likely that this particular ‘Stelline’ has not been polished since it was bought.

What distinguishes this watch further is the case manufacture by the master case-maker for Genex, which is denoted by the number 12 inside a key (12 for Genex, the key for Geneva); as well as the rarity of the crown of the watch. Two variants of the crown are seen on the reference 6062 — the Super-Oyster and the Twin-Lock.

The reference 6062 'Stelline' is the only instance of Rolex placing a triple calendar display in its 'sports' casing. The Calibre 655 – developed specifically for this reference – has an added function which allows the calendar to advance through the setting pin holes in the band.

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