Gabus 8206 Rolex

Another model, another piece of history and another veil of mystery that surrounds such a fascinating watch: the Gabus 8206, the second square-shaped chronograph ever produced by Rolex. Let’s start with the mystery and uncertainty surrounding why this name was used. One of the most credible versions is that it had been chosen to pay homage to the two Gabus brothers, owners of the factory since 1940, to whom Rolex relied on for the creation of the cases of this reference. The fact that this company produced only boxes in gold or platinum and that the 8206 was created solely
in gold leads to think that this motivation is the most probable, but the lack of certain evidence continues to feed the perplexities.
Some doubts also regarding the numbers of production, but probably between 1949 and 1952 only 37 pieces in yellow gold and 37 in rose gold were created.
Then there are the certainties: the unmistakable Carré-Galbé case with fluted lugs, the inside caliber 69, the triangle or stick gold indexes, the two counters recessed for seconds and minutes, the internal tachometer scale, the Alfahands in gold as well and the dials, all made of silver, all but one. The only one known to the market to have a black dial.