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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1958
    Reference No: 6236
    Case No: 384'210
    Model Name: Oyster Chronograph Anti-Magnetique, 'Jean-Claude Killy'
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, 72C
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster expandable, end links stamped 57
    Clasp/Buckle: Folding deployant clasp, stamped 4.64
    Dimensions: 36mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Rolex undated guarantee
    Literature: Reference 6236 in stainless steel is illustrated in 100 Superlative Rolex Watches, by John Goldberger, pages 156 to 157.

  • Catalogue Essay

    There is only one Rolex Oyster model with full calendar and chronograph: The “Dato-Compax" (not an official name) or the “Killy” - even less official.

    The latter name stems from the triple-Olympic ski champion who has been wearing such a model for many years. Its production lasted approximately 20 years, from the mid-1940’s to the mid-1960’s, and four references were made: 4767, 5036, 6036 and 6236.

    The present “Killy”, a fourth series or reference 6236, has never been offered at auction before. It is not only in excellent condition but also, thanks to its decades long private ownership, a most original example, free of restoration.

    Purchased in the south of Italy in 1958, the watch features the original calendar discs in italian. The original certificate, regrettably never filled in and stamped, is also present. The dial has taken on a lovely, eggshell coloured patina. The dial is a rare variant featuring the 1 at the 12 o’clock position, whereas most "Dato-Campax” models feature the 31st of the month at the top of the dial.

  • Artist Biography


    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. 6236
A very fine and rare stainless steel triple calendar chronograph wristwatch with bracelet, two-tone dial and guarantee

36mm. Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

CHF150,000 - 250,000 

Sold for CHF203,000

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The Watch Auction: One

Geneva Auction 10 May 2015 6:30pm