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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1965
    Reference No: 6238
    Movement No: 6407
    Case No: 1'152'505
    Model Name: "Pre-Daytona"
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Mechanical, 72B, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, 180 mm. maximum length, end links stamped 60
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex folding deployant clasp stamped 2.64
    Dimensions: 36 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Literature: For another example of a reference 60238 "Pre-Daytona" with silvered dial, please see I Chronografi Rolex La Leggenda by Pucci Papaelo, page 286 and 287.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The "Pre-Daytona" Rolex Chronograph reference 6238 differs from the Daytona series of Rolex Chronographs in that it is fitted with a smooth bezel and the timing calibrations are still printed on the dial. With the launch of the 6239 Daytona, these calibrations were moved onto the bezel.

    The current reference 6238 is a very pleasing watch in original condition. The dial still gives the watch a very modern feel today bearing in mind the watch was manufactured some 50 years ago. The expandable link bracelet is stamped 2.64, suggesting that is original to the watch.

  • 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 fine and rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with bracelet

1965
36 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$160,000 - 250,000 

Sold for HK$200,000

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2030
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Ziyong Ho
Specialist
+852 9386 2032
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Jill Chen
Specialist
+852 2318 2033
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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: ONE

Hong Kong Auction 1 December 2015 11am