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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1970
    Reference No: 6241
    Case No: 2'372'765
    Model Name: Cosmograph Daytona
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 722-1, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet stamped "7835 19" and "571" to the endlinks, max length 180mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex deployant clasp stamped "4 71"
    Dimensions: 37mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by additional leather strap with Rolex stainless steel pin buckle, Rolex fitted presentation box and outer packaging

  • Catalogue Essay

    Introduced to the market in 1966, the reference 6241 is the acrylic bezel companion to the metal bezel reference 6239, and thus it features non-screw chronograph pushers. Approximately 3,000 examples were produced during a relatively short, four-year production run.


    The condition of this 1970 example is superlative. Most notably, the dial of is preserved in absolutely stellar condition, without any mark or scratch to be noticed and fully retaining all of its original luminous material, which has with time aged to an immensely attractive ivory tonality. The pristine sunburst silver finishing captures the eye immediately, with its clean and spacious layout reflecting light beautifully and constantly changing according to its incidence. The presence of an additional leather strap - complete with Rolex buckle - gives the owner the flexibility to wear it on steel for a more casual look, or on leather in case of more formal occasions.

  • Artist Biography

    Rolex

    Swiss • 1905

    Founded in 1905 England by Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis as Wilsdorf & Davis, it soon became known as the Rolex Watch Company in 1915, moving its headquarters to Geneva in 1919. Like no other company, the success of the wristwatch can be attributed to many of Rolex's innovations that made them one of the most respected and well-known of all luxury brands. These innovations include their famous "Oyster" case — the world's first water resistant and dustproof watch case, invented in 1926 — and their "Perpetual" — the first reliable self-winding movement for wristwatches launched in 1933. They would form the foundation for Rolex's Datejust and Day-Date, respectively introduced in 1945 and 1956, but also importantly for their sports watches, such as the Explorer, Submariner and GMT-Master launched in the mid-1950s.

    One of its most famous models is the Cosmograph Daytona. Launched in 1963, these chronographs are without any doubt amongst the most iconic and coveted of all collectible wristwatches. Other key collectible models include their most complicated vintage watches, including references 8171 and 6062 with triple calendar and moon phase, "Jean Claude Killy" triple date chronograph models and the Submariner, including early "big-crown" models and military-issued variants.

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Ref. 6241
A rare and extremely well-preserved stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with bracelet and box

1970
37mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

Estimate
CHF50,000 - 100,000 
€45,300-90,700
$54,400-109,000

Sold for CHF113,400

Contact Specialist

Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Watches, Continental Europe and the Middle East

41 79 637 1724
[email protected]

 

 

The Geneva Watch Auction: XIII

Geneva Auction 8 - 9 May 2021