CIRCA: 1954
CASE MATERIAL: 18k pink gold, screw-down Brevet crown
DIAMETER: 36 mm.
STRAP MATERIAL: Black leather strap
DIAL: Black gloss dial with gilt hour markers and lume pips and the signature of Caracas retailer Serpico y Laino
MOVEMENT: Cal. 775, automatic
FUNCTIONS: Time only
BUCKLE: 18k pink gold Rolex pin buckle

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Reference 6298, an updated version of the Explorer prototype Ref. 6098, was launched in the early 1950s, its case comparable to the large size bubble back wristwatches. Being the largest, hence most practical and readable of all models in production at the time, it is well understandable that Rolex chose the 6098 and 6298 for further development of a robust watch. It is therefore by no surprise that the 6098 and 6298 were used during several Everest expeditions, most notably members of the successful expedition in 1953 lead by Sir Edmund Hillary, Sir John Hunt and Sherpa Tenzing. Early examples featured a white dial and gilt numerals and hands, later models were fitted with the typical Explorer-type black dial with Arabic quarters.
Predominantly made in stainless steel, material of choice for sport's watches because of its resistance to extreme conditions, few examples fitted with gold bezels, the present watch is believed to be the first and possibly only Ref. 6298 in pink gold to appear in public to date. The early version dagger and baton numerals combined with the black dial and the much sought-after signature Serpico y Laino, all rarities by themselves, lead to the conclusion that it must have been a special order made for one of the celebrated Caracas retailer's distinguished clients.

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