My good friend recently acquired a stunning example of one of the lesser known Rolex Submariners. The reference 6536 is housed in a smaller case, and possesses a small crown. The dial exudes a stunning patina and this example is in really perfect condition, the case if at all barely polished, the dial is excellent condition.
Doesn’t the sun emphasize the stunning patina?
I rarely see this reference. Many people are looking for Big Crowns which command a much higher premium over this “Small Crown” Submariner. Nevertheless, this watch wears extremely comfortable just like most of these watches from the period do. This is a later 1950s example, I cannot imagine that it spent a lot of time on the wrist.
I find that this watch has a timeless elegance combined with a beautiful vintage patina. It is an understate timepiece for every day wear if you want. And as long as you maintain the 1030 movement well, it is a reliable wearer.
The original red triangle bezel, they are getting very rare to find:
Even on a leather strap (from ABP in Paris) this watch looks even nicer:
The case is still fat and sharp, after over 50 years:
Original crown as you can see above.