Rolex - The New York Watch Auction: SEVEN New York Saturday, December 10, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Condition Report

  • Description

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1952
    Reference No: 6036; inside caseback stamped 6036
    Case No: 847’041
    Model Name: Oyster Chronograph DatoCompax “Jean-Claude Killy”
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 72C, 17 jewels
    Dimensions: 36mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, and movement signed.

  • Catalogue Essay

    From 1947 until 1962, Rolex produced a series of rare and innovative triple calendar chronograph wristwatches housed in Oyster cases, encompassing the references 4767, 5036, 6036 and 6236. The reference 4768 also bore a triple calendar chronograph complication, however in a non-Oyster case. Produced in very limited numbers, these references were made in yellow and pink gold, as well as stainless steel. Initially known as the Dato-Compax, today they are more generally referred to as the "Jean-Claude Killy", named after the three-time French Olympic ski champion and Rolex ambassador. After production of reference 6236 ceased around 1962, Rolex would never again offer a model with similar complications.

    By studying the different models, one can immediately denote an effort on the part of Rolex toward the simplification and optimizations of both case and dial architecture. The two earliest references were produced at the same time: non-Oyster reference 4768 (the only non-waterproof Dato-Compax) and Oyster ref. 4767. They feature dials with very vintage traits including two-tone dials, especially in the earliest examples, and 5-minute Arabic divisions in the seconds scale. The date ring presents “upside down” numerals in the lower half of the dial: there is no inversion of graphic direction at 3 and 9 o’clock – an extremely rare and early dial variant. The two-tone effect of these dials is usually more subtle. Later (such as in the reference 6036), the date ring presents the inversion at 9 and 3, so the numbers on the lower half of the ring read vertically. Reference 6036 features a more simplified seconds scale, lacking the Arabic 5-minute division, however the numbers 6 and 9 are left open ended.

    Part of a very early batch of reference 6036s produced by Rolex around 1952, the current 6036 bears all the correct dial features of the era, and can be considered a supremely original and worthy example. The case is beautifully preserved, with original finishings present, and the dial is in absolutely splendid, charming condition. The original cream grené dial has acquired an even layer of chestnut patina to the surface, yet the printing and ink of the dial remain perfectly intact. The watch, with its “no lume” dial, displays sunken gold-tone hour markers that complement the color of the dial’s patina. Absolutely fresh-to-the-market, the present 6036 “Jean-Claude Killy” is one that has been touched by the passing of time and emerged still with enormous amounts of appeal, a perfect match for those who look for unique iterations of vintage Rolex chronographs.

  • 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. 6036; inside caseback stamped 6036
An extremely charming, highly rare, and fresh-to-the-market stainless steel triple-calendar chronograph wristwatch

Circa 1952
36mm Diameter
Case, dial, and movement signed.

Estimate
$120,000 - 240,000 
CHF114,000-228,000
€116,000-231,000
HK$939,000-1,880,000
S$165,000-329,000

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The New York Watch Auction: SEVEN

New York Auction 10 - 11 December 2022