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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1965
    Reference No: 6238
    Case No: 1'226'656
    Model Name: Rolex Chronograph "Pre-Daytona"
    Material: Stainless Steel
    Calibre: Manual, 722, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless Steel Rolex Jubilee, max. length 200mm, end links stamped 55
    Clasp/Buckle: Folding deployant clasp, stamped 4.57
    Dimensions: 36mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Rolex Chronograph reference 6238 marks the end of an era, as it is the last chronograph model to feature a smooth bezel with a printed tachometer 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.

    By design, this sporty yet classic watch is more modern compared to earlier Rolex Chronograph watches. The sunburst finished dial in the silvered dark grey color is particularly rare, and referred to as “cadran soleil argent”. 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, which is correct as the serial number 1’226’656 indicates that the watch can be dated to 1965.

    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 the unrestored dial. This “Pre-Daytona” is a great value for the savvy collector.

  • Artist Biography

    Rolex

    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 highly attractive and rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with dark grey silvered dial and bracelet

1965
36mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

Estimate
CHF20,000 - 40,000 

Sold for CHF76,250

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Geneva Watch Auction: TWO

Geneva Auction 7 & 8 November 2015 6:30pm