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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1967
    Reference No: 6239
    Case No: 1'656'992
    Model Name: Cosmograph Daytona "Cherry Logo"
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Mechanical, 722-1, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, 170 mm. maximum length
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex folding deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 37 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Rolex Service Report dated 19 March 2004, Full One Year Service Guarantee dated 19 March 2004, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.
    Literature: For an example of a reference 6239 with Cherry Logo and silver soleil dial, please see Ultimate Rolex Daytona by Pucci Papaleo, page 160 and 161.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present watch is playfully dubbed "Cherry Logo" due to the red "Daytona" text above the 6 o'clock subsidiary register. During the 1960s, Rolex used various dial configurations in order to realise its design blueprint for the Cosmograph Daytona. Most important is the omission of the "Oyster" signature, denoting the dial was made for a model with pump pushers.

    Rolex did not incorporate this red logo immediately in its production line. It was only much later, with reference 6263 and 6265 that Rolex designed the "Big Red" dial configuration. As such, the "Cherry Logo" Cosmograph Daytona is very popular and very rare, and only appears in a very limited serial range.

    The present example impresses with its excellent condition. The top of the lugs feature sharp finishes, and the bezel retains all its enamel. The inside case back is furthermore stamped for C. R. Spillman & Cie, which is correct for early examples of reference 6239.

  • 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. 6239
A fine and rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with "Cherry Logo" and bracelet

Circa 1967
37 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$240,000 - 400,000 
€28,900-48,200
$30,000-50,000

Sold for HK$325,000

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: FOUR

Hong Kong Auction 30 May 2017