The 6536 Brown was designed in the 1950s with underwater exploration in mind, but the technical characteristics of the watch saw the Submariner flourish. When Sean Connery wore one while portraying the superspy James Bond, the 6536 Brown entered the realm of immortality. Artisans de Geneve has rolled out their Tribute to 6536 Brown, which reinterprets the iconic watch using a 114060 Rolex as the base.
The Swiss company stays true to the original in just about every detail—“from the case to the dial, through the hands to the polishing.” There are a few modifications, however, that help to modernize the watch. The first is a new bezel, which swaps out the old one for a handmade steel version with flat chamfers. The bezel has a ceramic insert with red triangles. The dial for the Tribute to 6536 Brown has also been reworked with a new lacquering and hand finishing. The luminous material for the watch has also been aged slightly to give an appearance that is more true to the source material. The hands are gold diamond finished. Finally, the case, which measures 39.5mm, has been machined down to remove the crown guard, which makes the watch look thicker and more like vintage timepieces. The lugs were also beveled. Each of the changes noted were hand polished as well.
For the movement, Artisans de Geneve chose the reliable Rolex 3130 caliber. The only change here is the addition of a 21ct gold rotor. You can see the addition through the transparent sapphire case back.
One of Artisans de Geneve’s watchmakers noted this about the Tribute to 6536 Brown: “We have combined our savoir-faire and heritage to pay a tribute to this iconic timepiece cherished by the greatest collectors. Each detail has been designed to bring together the reliability of the current model and the unique details valued by watch enthusiasts.” The Tribute may be an homage to an iconic watch, but it is clear that it can easily become a classic on its own merits.