Rolex - Hong Kong Watch Auction: THREE Hong Kong Monday, November 28, 2016 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1963
    Reference No: 6238
    Case No: 950'385
    Model Name: 'Pre-Daytona'
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Mechanical, 72B, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, 180 mm. maximum length
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex folding deployant clasp stamped 4.63
    Dimensions: 36 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Literature: For another example of a reference 6238, please see I Chronografi Rolex La Leggenda by Pucci Papaleo, page 286 and 287.

  • Catalogue Essay

    This reference 6238 is remarkable for a number of reasons. Firstly, the dial has aged over time and 'turned' a light blue colour. This is due to the paint pigments reacting with the elements. A very limited number of Pre-Daytonas 'turn' blue, making this example very rare. Secondly, there is an underline underneath the Oyster Cosmograph signature, which Rolex collectors identify as a transitional period from 1963 to 1964, where Rolex switched from using radium to tritium. This dial is signed Swiss, which is correct. The bracelet is furthermore stamped for the fourth quarter of 1963, confirming the bracelet is original to the watch. The luminous on this example has faded evenly to a warm orange colour which matches the hands, further adding to the appeal of this watch. Overall, an exceptionally rare and crisp example.

  • 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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Property from an Important Collector


Ref. 6238
A fine and very rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with unusual 'blue' underline dial and original expandable bracelet

36 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

HK$180,000 - 300,000 

Sold for HK$250,000

Hong Kong Watch Auction: THREE

Hong Kong Auction 29 November 2016