A very fine and rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with silvered soleil-finished black “Daytona” dial and bracelet

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1966
    Reference No: 6239, repeated inside caseback
    Case No: 1’463’587
    Model Name: Cosmograph Daytona
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 72B, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel folded Rolex Oyster bracelet stamped “7835,19”, endlinks stamped “371”, max length 190mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 37mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Further accompanied by Rolex outer packaging and fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    At first sight, one may be drawn immediately to the wonderfully paired black acrylic bezel insert against a beautiful silvered soleil-finished dial, and perhaps signifying it as a 6241 rather than a 6239. However, the present wristwatch is indeed a 6239 fitted with a later bezel. Though, the real element of charm isn’t just that. Focus on the dial, a closer look above the 6 O’clock subsidiary dial lays perhaps an unfamiliar “Daytona” inscribed in black. Unfamiliar, because the dial configuration belongs to a rare example nicknamed “The Black Rose”.

    With a serial within the 1.4 million range, the present ref. 6239 is one of the earliest examples to feature the “Daytona” inscription above the subsidiary dial above 6 O’clock with earlier examples of the reference featuring the inscription below “Cosmograph”.

  • Maker Bio

    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, repeated inside caseback
A very fine and rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with silvered soleil-finished black “Daytona” dial and bracelet

勞力士,「Cosmograph Daytona, The Black Rose」型號6239,精細罕有,精鋼計時鏈帶腕錶,約1966年製。附錶盒

Circa 1966
37mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

Estimate
HK$195,000 - 275,000 
€22,300-31,500
$25,000-35,300

sold for HK$325,000

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Thomas Perazzi

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: X

Hong Kong Auction 10 July 2020