Rolex Oyster Perpetual 6098 'Galaxy'
- SKU 7614
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Everybody and their mother knows about moon phases, but the Galaxy has more inspiration to offer for horology: Star markers.
Reference 6098 was introduced in the early 50's and was executed predominantly in stainless steel. Especially due to the association with several expeditions on the Mt. Everest, the 6098 is known by many for being a robust and reliable sportswatch and the predecessor of the Explorer. The case was rather large (36mm) and featured a domed caseback to house the automatic caliber A260, this style is often referred to as "Ovettone". Some 6098 were produced in 18K yellow gold by Rolex' case maker Genex.
Some of these scarcely produced -precious metal- 6098's had an alluring dial with star shaped markers. These were aptly named "Galaxy" as seen in their official 1953 advertisement that opened with: “For the man to whom time means so much…and discriminating appearance is of the utmost”. Here we can also see the exorbitant asking price of 450 USD. Perhaps one of the reasons why there are less than a dozen known. They are divided in a glossy black dial and a "honeycomb" white one. Our specimen being of the latter category. It is not the only "Stelline" reference known, but apart from the 6062 it is surely the most coveted. The twinkling indices are supplied with luminous material, the same radioactive compound that is found in the hands. Both are still untouched and intact but likely caused some ageing and blemishes to the dial.
These rare executions occupy a very special position in Rolex historic catalogue and the established collectors have understood this for many decades, resulting in a long lasting track record of strong auction results. This piece first reached the high estimate during a Christies auction in 2012, fetching a price that is on par with a "Paul Newman" Daytona which sold in the same sale. Ten years later, the value more than doubled when it hammered at the Monaco Legend Group.
Perhaps the most coveted markers in horological history, applied on a decoratively finished dial and cased in a iconic size. It is furthermore supplied with a Jubilee bracelet, but also looks spectacular on a leather strap. You are certainly the star of the show with this timepiece on your wrist.