Lot 899 of the #HKWA9 – Without a doubt, one of the very best and most well-preserved Rolex Submariner “Big Crown” reference 6538 to have ever appeared on the market, the present example is a dream watch for collectors in terms of its condition and originality. It is an immense pleasure for Phillips to offer this watch to during our upcoming Hong Kong sale, on Nov 25-26. First launched in 1955, reference 6538 is incredibly desirable today due to its rarity, robust proportions, and good looks. The model was in production for four short years, and is characterized by its black lacquer "Swiss"-signed dial, lack of crown guards and 8 millimeter crown, hence its name "Big Crown Submariner". Reference 6538 is forever immortalized onscreen, having accompanied Sean Connery’s James Bond on multiple secret missions. This example, manufactured in 1956, is an early example produced towards the beginning of the reference's production period.