No crown guard Submariners, which have come to be called “James Bond” Subs after a famous screen appearance, are by far the most collectable Submariners. Considering that back in the 1950s when Submariners were strictly tool watches worn by divers, the condition of this 6536 is exceptionally clean and mint.
Original stainless steel case is in mint condition with full fat lugs. The case edges are sharp with the factory bevel intact. Original bezel turns as it should and the bezel insert is clean with the exception of a few marks at the 17 minute position. Screw down crown works perfectly. Domed acrylic crystal is clean. The serrations in the case back show some stress but are intact. If it weren’t for this minor issue the case would be mint+.
Serial number 230XXX dates production to 1957. Inside case back has date code of I59 and is marked ‘6536’.
Original black dial with gilt print and chapter ring is mint. Hands are Rolex replacement hands. The patina on the hour markers is uniform and very pleasing to the eye.
Original automatic winding Rolex Caliber 1030 movement with 25 jewels and adjusted to five positions and temperature. Movement has “butterfly” rotor of that period and the movement is perfectly clean and running well.
Strap is new rustic leather with steel Rolex tang clasp.
This rare 6536 1 vintage James Bond Submariner with no crown guards is in mint/mint+ original condition.