Rolex - The Geneva Watch Auction: XIV Geneva Friday, November 5, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1965
    Reference No: 6240
    Case No: 1'269'446
    Model Name: Cosmograph Daytona
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 722, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel riveted expandable Rolex Oyster bracelet, max length 185mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex USA "C+I" clasp stamped 7-67
    Dimensions: 37.5mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    Reference 6240 can be considered without a doubt one of the most landmark models in the history of Rolex as it canonizes what is now an intrinsic part of the Daytona case architecture - the screw-down pushers - effectively incorporating the "Oyster case" technology into a Rolex chronograph for the first time ever. At the time of its launch in 1965, however, some clients had complains about the screw-down pushers (the most memorable: they would be unpractical with shirt cuffs), thus the model had limited success and production. In fact, pump pushers Daytona cases remained in production for 10 more years (with references 6262 and 6264) before being finally discontinued.

    This example of the historical reference is offered in exceptionally original condition. Most notably, the chromed-plated brass pushers would loose their plating - as perfectly exemplified by the present piece - with relative ease and thus would most often be exchanged for service ones. It is more than remarkable to find a specimen still retaining its original pushers. Furthermore, accurate examination of the dial under direct sunlight shows a hint of dark chocolate tropicalization to the right side of the dial. While too subtle to classify the piece as "tropical", the process might go on over time, thus granting the new lucky owner of this timepiece pleasant surprises in the future.

  • 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. 6240
An early, scholar-class stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with "millerighe" pushers and bracelet

37.5mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

CHF40,000 - 80,000 

Sold for CHF107,100

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

The Geneva Watch Auction: XIV

Geneva Auction 5 & 7 November 2021