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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1970
    Reference No: 6239
    Case No: 2’377’660
    Model Name: Cosmograph Daytona
    Material: Stainless Steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal.722-1, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Rivet bracelet, end links stamped 57, max length 185 mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster deployant clasp stamped ‘2, 68’
    Dimensions: 36.5mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    The reference 6239, the first Cosmograph Daytona introduced into Rolex’s collection, was launched in 1963 until 1976. Available in stainless steel and 18K yellow gold, the reference 6239 was the firm’s first chronograph with the tachymeter scale engraved on the bezel. The model was originally marketed as the "Le Mans". Yet, it was eventually dubbed the "Daytona” when Rolex sponsored the 24 Hours of Daytona automobile race.

    The present lot reference 6239 is a rare variant due to the 'blue' Daytona signature. These examples were produced during the very last years of reference 6239 before it was discontinued. A defect in the pigment turned the Daytona signature into an attractive and subtle light blue shade. Thus, earning its nickname amongst the collectors as ‘Baby Blue’. This is an unusual and rare variant of reference 6239 that will certainly please the discerning collectors.

  • 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
An attractive and well preserved stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with bracelet and ‘baby blue’ Daytona logo

Circa 1970
36.5mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

Estimate
HK$310,000 - 620,000 
€34,300-68,600
$39,700-79,500

Sold for HK$579,600

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2031
[email protected]

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIII

Hong Kong Auctions 25-26 November 2021