Rolex - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XV Hong Kong Monday, November 28, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1959
    Reference No: 6234
    Case No: 530’086
    Model Name: Oyster Chronograph Anti-Magnetic
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 72A, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel riveted Rolex Oyster bracelet stamped “7205”, endlinks stamped “60”, max length 180mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster deployant clasp stamped “2,67”
    Dimensions: 36mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex guarantee stamped Artland Watch Co., Kowloon, H.K., dated 22ns July 1962, outer packaging and fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    First released in 1955, the Rolex Oyster Chronograph ref. 6234 is among one of the rarest and sought-after pre-Daytona references. The reference was succeeded by the ref. 6238, which became the last pre-Daytona model before the release of the ref. 6239.

    The present example Rolex Oyster Chronograph ref. 6234 featuring a silver dial from circa 1959 is a handsome example of the rare model. Boasting an attractive overall and honest condition, it features a strong case with balanced lugs and crisp numbers in between the lugs that are original and engraved directly onto the satin-finished surface. The dial with blue telemeter scale and “Anti-Magnetic” signature is original and correct. Some general ageing on the dial is further complimented by its original luminous material on the dial and hands. Overall a nice decent example perfect to enjoy on the wrist.

    Complete with its original guarantee and presentation box, it is a rare occasion that such example remains complete. Furthermore, the guarantee is stamped by a local Hong Kong authorised retailer. Certainly a special treat for vintage Rolex collectors of Hong Kong.

  • 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. 6234
A very fine and rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with multi-scale luminous dial, bracelet, guarantee and presentation box

Circa 1959
36mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

Estimate
HK$180,000 - 300,000 
€23,500-39,100
$23,100-38,500

Sold for HK$327,600

Contact Specialist

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

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XV

28 - 29 November 2022 (Online Registration ends 27 Nov, 2pm HKT)