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    1 of 12... Rolex 6536-1 with RED lettering!!!!

    Steve Mulholland, a guy many of us deal with in the vintage community has just got his hands on a very rare bird. Supposedly only 12 have been confirmed, it is a 6536-1 with RED depth lettering. He's asking $76,000! That's a significant premium considering a 6536-1 is in the $12K-$14K range.

    http://www.rolexforums.com/showthread.php?t=162482


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    Re: 1 of 12... Rolex 6536-1 with RED lettering!!!!

    Steve is a respected dealer and a watch enthusiast and THAT is a beauty, I have never seen one like that before!

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    Re: 1 of 12... Rolex 6536-1 with RED lettering!!!!

    This 3-6-9 Red is even more interesting. Is it even rarer?



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    Re: 1 of 12... Rolex 6536-1 with RED lettering!!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by WiscOmega View Post
    This 3-6-9 Red is even more interesting. Is it even rarer?



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    I have no idea. I know all of the pre-1680 Reds are an enigma and likely uber rare.
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    Re: 1 of 12... Rolex 6536-1 with RED lettering!!!!

    The red lettering combined with all that gilt makes for a stunning watch. That it is still in such great condition makes it such a rare thing to see! I hope he gets what he asks for it - Steve is one of the good guys.

    It would be great if the Luminova on the Kingston did somehow develop a golden patina but too bad that's never going to be the case.

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    Re: 1 of 12... Rolex 6536-1 with RED lettering!!!!

    Is that due to just better Luminova being available today than there was 30/40 + years ago ?

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    Re: 1 of 12... Rolex 6536-1 with RED lettering!!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by ferrissteve View Post
    Is that due to just better Luminova being available today than there was 30/40 + years ago ?
    Luminove has only been used about 10 to 12 years now. They used to use tritium - which ages and turns darker - but generally no longer use it (it is slightly radioactive). Before tritium they used radium. They stopped using radium because it was killing the paople who painted the dials.

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    Re: 1 of 12... Rolex 6536-1 with RED lettering!!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Saxon007 View Post
    Luminove has only been used about 10 to 12 years now. They used to use tritium - which ages and turns darker - but generally no longer use it (it is slightly radioactive). Before tritium they used radium. They stopped using radium because it was killing the paople who painted the dials.
    FWIW, both of those Rolex dials have been re-lumed. It's not ideal, but with super vintage grails like that it's not a deal breaker.

    "Patina" can easily be made from the start by selecting the proper shade of luminova. As I've stated earlier, Panerai has begun implementing aged lume on new watches. My PAM 359 has this aged lume.





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    Re: 1 of 12... Rolex 6536-1 with RED lettering!!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Saxon007 View Post
    Before tritium they used radium. They stopped using radium because it was killing the paople who painted the dials.
    Not just the dial painters. New studies (I won't go into here) on the effects of low level Rad exposure suggest that folks like me who have lots of vintage watches should reconsider their storage solutions. Luminova is just fine with me.
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    Re: 1 of 12... Rolex 6536-1 with RED lettering!!!!

    Back in the 1961, 1962, my father's company got involved in building a nuclear facililty near Petten ( 30 kms NW of Amsterdam). And my father went there quite often, overlooking the works etc. One day, he returned home without his watch. When leaving the nuclear plant, all personnel was checked with a Geiger counter. His watch (I think it was a British MoD issued watch) showed 'alarming' Rad levels. He was forced to take the watch off and leave it behind. The watch was disposed as nuclear waste...

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