With the sought after roulette date wheel, this Rolex Oysterdate will appeal to many people. Model reference 6494.


From the serial number between the bottom lugs and inside the case back we can accurately date this watch to being made in 1957.


The Oysterdate was launched in 1953, and different models followed quickly. The reference 6494 was already the third variant and by 1958 the 6694 came out, which lasted 30 years! That is why you will find dozens of 6694 for every 6494. This model has the date magnifier, and on this watch the date wheel is known as roulette as the date switches between black and red. The date wheel also has that classic Rolex touch of open 6 and 9’s. The movement is the Rolex calibre 1215, a 17 jewel manual wind movement. Unusually this watch does not have a seconds hand, which is likely missing rather than by design and that is reflected in the price. Otherwise everything is working well, including the signed screw down crown. The dial is original, as are the hands, and the dial does have some patina making it look a cream colour. The leather strap is used, but can be switched for a new strap is preferred – See the video to see why we kept the used strap on.

This watch will be supplied with our branded presentation box and our Certificate of Authenticity.

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Width with crown 37.2 mm

Width without crown 34.4 mm

Between lugs 19 mm

Lug to lug length 42.7 mm

Case Thickness 11.5 mm

All sizes are approximate.

Included with this watch is a 3 month guarantee and free delivery to UK addresses. If you live outside the UK we can still deliver to most countries. Please see our Worldwide Shipping information, or Contact Us. Payment can be made by most credit or debit cards, bank transfer or PayPal.

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