1956 Rolex Oysterdate Vintage Mens Handwound Watch with Red & Black Roulette Date - Stainless Steel


Item No. 8247

One of the desirable non-sport vintage Rolex watches right now is the Oysterdate Precision. It's a watch that is perfectly at home being worn everyday or only for special occasions. Produced from the early-1950's into the 1980's, it was a strong commercial success for Rolex, winning a large following.

Part of it current appeal is that with the ever-increasing prices of vintage Rolexes, they are among the more affordable options yet still have a date.

Today's offering proudly showcases this uncommon ref. 6494 mens Rolex Oysterdate in gorgeous restored condition - on the wrist it presents virtually like a new Rolex. It has fully Rolex parts down to the original hands and winding crown.

The 6494 served as one of the immediate predecessor to the more commonly seen 6694. A stylish watch, it features a more mid-century look than some of the subsequent Oysterdates. And its "roulette" date wheel with numbers alternating black and red give it a cool vintage vibe.

Housed in one of Rolex's water-tight Oyster cases, the wristwatch originally offered its owner complete protection against water, dust, and perspiration. Inside the rugged case Rolex placed their Cal. 1210 handwound movement with date.

The 6494 is one of the more uncommon mid-century Oysters.

Our Certified Pre-Owned vintage example has just finished a true expertly done restoration. Its dial, with its wonderful vintage styled markers, has been meticulously restored - its printing could pass as Rolex factory done to the naked eye. Its roulette date wheel was left original.

Its case presents as gorgeous mint with awesome lugs that have not been over polished. Our photos couldn't do it justice.

A Master Watchmaker has fully serviced the watch which consists of fully disassembling the movement, carefully inspecting each part, replacing any overly worn components, reassembling and lubricating the movement, replacing all of the waterproofing seals, and timing testing and regulation (a $495 value).

For the finishing touch it comes equipped with a calfskin leather strap and aftermarket Rolex style buckle making it ready for immediate enjoyment.

We also have two fine quality aftermarket bracelets available for purchase so you can choose which look you prefer or switch between them depending on how you feel. One is done in a Rolex Presidential style and one is done in a Rolex Oyster style. Both have heavy solid link designs and are adjustable and brand new. Please see photos in the listing.

Included with the purchase is a one-year C.O.T. international warranty on the movement and its function, a custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity, and a new timing certificate.

The pictures are of the actual watch for sale. We offer shipping the next business day to over 100 countries. In addition, we offer a 30 day no hassle money back guarantee if you don't absolutely love it so there's no risk to you!

You have many stores to choose from - thank you so much for choosing Connoisseur of Time, known for offering only the highest-grade fine watches like Rolex and Cartier with exceptional service for 14 years.

100% satisfaction guarantee. If you are in any way unsatisfied with the watch we will fully refund the purchase price. Simply notify us and send it back anytime within 14 days after it has been received. Our goal is to exceed your expectations throughout the buying experience. View our feedback and shop with confidence.

  • Country of origin: Switzerland
  • Maker: Rolex
  • Model: Oysterdate, Ref. 6494
  • Serial no.: 315,790
  • Year made: Second quarter of 1956
  • Functions: Hours, Minutes, Date (alternating red and black), Sweep Seconds
  • Designed for: Men
  • Case material: Stainless steel
  • Case condition: Gorgeous mint with awesome not overly polished lugs.
  • Dimensions: 34.5mm diameter (excluding the crown by 42mm long lug tip to tip)
  • Dial: Gloss black, signed Rolex Oysterdate, vintage styled baton indexes, outer minute/second division, aperture for the date which alternates in red and black. Restored to mint condition - its roulette date wheel was left original.
  • Hands: Stainless steel, original, "alphas"
  • Movement type: Cal. 1210, rhodium-plated, 17 jewels, straight-line lever escapement, monometallic balance, shock absorber, self-compensating Breguet balance spring, index regulation
  • Band: Calfskin leather, fully stitched, padded, brand new and unworn with aftermarket buckle done in a Rolex style. We also have two fine quality aftermarket bracelets available for purchase. One is done in a Rolex Presidential style and one is done in a Rolex Oyster style. Both have heavy solid link designs and are adjustable and brand new. Please see photos in the listing. We also stock lizard and a variety of others straps in various prints, skins, and colors. Please ask us if you're interested.
  • Crystal type: Acrylic, excellent condition
  • Serviced: Yes, fully serviced by a Master Watchmaker making it ready for immediate enjoyment ($495 value). If you would like more information on our watchmaking team please visit: https://www.connoisseuroftime.com/pages/team.htm
  • Timing: Timed to precision on a state-of-the-art computerized system.
  • Warranty: 1-year international warranty. Please email concierge@cotwatches.com for details. Your watch is important to us, and we will take care of it for its lifetime. We provide the best after sale care in the business with an experienced team of watchmakers both of whom each have over forty years of experience and a large number of parts. Rolex does not accept for servicing watches that have aftermarket upgrades.
  • Box/Papers: BOX - Connoisseur of Time watch presentation box; PAPERS - Custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity; New timing certificate
  • Returns: 7 days full refund. 100% satisfaction guarantee

We offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee for all of our watches. If you are in any way unsatisfied with the watch we will fully refund the purchase price anytime within 7 days after the watch has been received. Our goal is to exceed our client's expectations throughout the buying experience.

All watches are packaged carefully and mailed double boxed in specially constructed, reinforced shipping boxes designed for high value items. All watches are sent fully insured with signature required. Most of our domestic shipping is done through FedEx. At times we will also use USPS Express Mail, and we can accommodate most requests for your preferred carrier. International shipments are sent USPS International Express Mail or FedEx.

The purchase price will be the declared value of the merchandise on any required customs forms. The payment of all customs duties, tariffs, and taxes are the responsibility of the buyer.

Also note that water resistance of vintage watches can no longer be guaranteed and is not covered under the watch's warranty. We do not recommend getting a vintage watch wet, even one that was originally designed to be waterproof.

To get an idea of how this watch will look on the wrist, please use the Watch Sizing Guide


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