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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1967
    Reference No: 6239
    Case No: 1'695'561
    Model Name: Cosmograph Daytona
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, 722-1
    Bracelet/Strap: Oyster folded link, 57 end links
    Clasp/Buckle: Rolex folding clasp stamped 4. 66
    Dimensions: 36mm. Diameter
    Signed: Movement, dial, case and bracelet signed
    Literature: For another example of a reference 6239 with Jumbo logo and tropical registers please see Ultimate Rolex Daytona by Pucci Papaleo, pages 139 to 142

  • Catalogue Essay

    This most attractive reference 6239 Daytona stands out by two prominent features; The Jumbo Daytona logo which is clearly wider in size than Rolex Cosmograph on the two lines above. The second eye catching quality is the magnificently aged “tropical” subsidiary dials, featuring a rich chocolate brown in the centre and a masculine mocca brown towards the edge, stunningly contrasting with the white calibrations. By 1967 the Rolex Daytona was already in its fourth year of production. The most important design elements of this generation include the bezel calibrated to 300 units per hour, a feature which a few years later would disappear, and collectors are very fond of. It is also the last dial version to feature the Daytona designation in the upper half of the dial where on later generations the Daytona would find its permanent place above the 12 hour register on the lower half of the dial. Thanks to the very light riveted Oyster bracelet, the Daytona from the 1960’s are very comfortable watches to wear and represent, particularly in such lovely condition, great value.

  • 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. 6239
A very rare and attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with bracelet, jumbo logo and tropical subsidiary registers

36mm. Diameter
Movement, dial, case and bracelet signed

CHF30,000 - 50,000 

Sold for CHF62,500

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The Watch Auction: One

Geneva Auction 10 May 2015 6:30pm