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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1963
    Reference No: 6238
    Case No: 1’000’233
    Model Name: "Silver Pre-Daytona"
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 72B, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Jubilee bracelet, endlinks stamped 55, max length 210mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex folding deployant clasp stamped Rolex 6251H
    Dimensions: 36mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Literature: Similar examples of this reference are illustrated in I Cronografi Rolex La Leggenda, Pucci Papaleo Editore, pp. 278-291, as well as 100 Superlative Rolex Watches, John Goldberger, pp. 128-137.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Produced for only seven short years from 1960 to 1967, the Rolex reference 6238 is a perfect embodiment of the timeless chronograph. Referred to as the “Pre-Daytona” by collectors, the reference 6238 shares similar case size, pushers and baton hands as its contemporary, the first Cosmograph Daytona reference 6239.

    However, while the Cosmograph Daytona always features a two tone dial with either black with silver subdials or vice versa, the reference 6238 was offered only with a monochromatic dial. Marking the end of an era, the 6238 was also the last Rolex chronograph to feature a smooth bezel and a graduated tachymeter scale printed on the dial. Rolex’s later Daytona models would all carry the scale on the bezel.

    These small details are very important to collectors, making the “Pre-Daytona” a favourite amongst vintage Rolex aficionados and connoisseurs.

    In overall excellent condition, the watch features a sharp bezel, strong and defined lugs and an exquisite, unrestored dial giving it a dramatically modern look. The hands and luminous plots have turned to an appealing sun-touched creamy colour adding a dash of flamboyance to the dial.

    The present reference 6238 is furthermore accompanied by a beautiful Jubilee bracelet which enhances its sporty-chic aesthetic to which the “Pre-Daytona ” is so famous for.

  • 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 fine and rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with silvered dial and bracelet

Circa 1963
36mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

CHF20,000 - 40,000 

Sold for CHF43,750

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The Geneva Watch Auction: EIGHT

Geneva Auction 10-11 November 2018