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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1966
    Reference No: 6238
    Case No: 1'422'437
    Model Name: "Pre-Daytona"
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 727, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K yellow gold riveted Rolex Oyster bracelet, end links stamped 71, max length 210mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold deployant clasp stamped 3.69
    Dimensions: 36mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by two spare links.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Rolex Chronograph reference 6238 marks the end of an era, as it is Rolex last chronograph model to feature a smooth bezel with a printed tachymeter scale on the dial. Collectors often refer to reference 6238 as the “Pre-Daytona”, as it is the immediate predecessor of reference 6239, the first Cosmograph Daytona ever released by Rolex.

    Whereas the European and Asian markets were presented with the 18K gold version examples like the present one, models cased in 14K gold were usually reserved for the North American market.

    This sporty yet classic watch is more modern compared to earlier Rolex Chronograph watches. The silver sunburst dial also referred to as “cadran soleil argent” beautifully reflects the light for a very elegant and sophisticated look . The “T-SWISS-T” found at the dial’s lower edge by 6 o’clock indicates that Tritium was used for the luminous hands and hour markers.

    This particular example is presented in overall excellent condition, displayed by the sharp bezel, strong definition of the lugs, crisp numbers in between the lugs and unrestored dial. The watch comes from the family of the original owner and has spent most of his life safely preserved in a bank vault. Consequently, it is preserved in excellent overall condition.

    This “Pre-Daytona” is a fine example of a reference 6238, with a very elegant chic design, easily wearable on any occasion and is a great value for the savvy collector.

  • 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. 6238
A rare, attractive and very well preserved yellow gold chronograph wristwatch with silvered dial and bracelet

Circa 1966
36mm. Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

CHF60,000 - 90,000 

Sold for CHF106,250

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The Geneva Watch Auction: SIX

Geneva Auctions 11 - 12 November 2017