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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1964
    Reference No: 6238
    Case No: 950'387
    Model Name: Pre-Daytona
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 72 B, 17 jewels, stamped ROW
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex U.S.A. Jubilee bracelet, max length 190mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex U.S.A. deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 36.5mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed by maker, dial further signed by retailer

  • Catalogue Essay

    Few retailer signatures command as much attention as the Tiffany & Co. one. While originally the signature was applied to the dial on location at Tiffany, later on Rolex itself directly supplied Tiffany-signed timepieces to the retailer. Such co-signed watches can be considered in a category of their own, set apart and beyond their standard piers. Adding to their mystique and collectability, the relationship between the manufacturer and the retailer was interrupted in the 1990s, thus no more Tiffany signed Rolex watches are being produced.

    The present example of pre-Daytona 6238 is indeed part of this rarified category, and one of the earliest Rolex timepieces to feature the exclusive detail. In fact, co-signed Rolex & Tiffany wristwatches began to appear in the late 1950s, not even five years before the present watch was sold. Furthermore, the ROW stamped movement indicates without a doubt that the watch was sold in the U.S.A., and the Rolex U.S.A. bracelet without numbers stamped to the endlinks is exactly what the connoisseur would expect from a Tiffany-signed Pre-Daytona. A true relic of a bygone epoch in the history of both companies, the appeal of the present timepiece is further boosted by the absolutely unrestored condition of its dial.

  • 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 extremely rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with bracelet, retailed by Tiffany & Co.

Circa 1964
36.5mm Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed by maker, dial further signed by retailer

HK$310,000 - 625,000 

Sold for HK$300,000

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2001

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: EIGHT

Hong Kong Auction 28 May 2019