‘Rare’ 1950s Rolex sold for £48,488 at Birmingham auction

The gentleman's stainless-steel Oyster Perpetual Submariner was sold at approximately 1:50pm on Tuesday 28 August at Fellows

A rare, early Rolex Submariner has been sold for £48,488, including buyer’s premium, at a Fellows Auctioneers in Birmingham.

According to Fellows the “fascinating timepiece”, was one of the first models worn by Sean Connery’s 007 in early James Bond films, such as Dr. No. This particular watch was introduced in 1958, and it comes with original box and papers, which Fellows said is “unusual for a vintage watch”.

Laura Bishop, watch manager at Fellows Auctioneers, said: “We are delighted to have sold such a fascinating and rare item. These 6538 models do not come up for sale often so we are thrilled and over the moon with the result.

“This watch has got some service replacement parts but this does not detract from the true nature of the watch. It is always a privilege to see amazing watches such as this one go under the hammer.”

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