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 1959
    Reference No: 6234
    Case No: 530’063
    Model Name: Oyster Chronograph
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 72A, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel
    Dimensions: 36mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, strap, and buckle signed.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Rolex’s production of the reference 6234 was extremely limited. Scholars theorize that, since the reference’s launch in 1955, approximately 2300 examples were produced in stainless steel while less than 150 examples were cased in 14k or 18k yellow gold. The reference ceased production after approximately six years of manufacture, replaced by reference 6238 in 1961 – the last “Pre-Daytona” reference.

    Reference 6234 was fitted with a variety of dials, ranging from those with a matte or lacquer finish, to various subsidiary register sizes, and different scales and color combinations. These variations were most likley used to gauge the market’s aesthetic tastes for chronograph wristwatches. Fitted with a smooth bezel, the tachymeter scale is most notably printed on the dial - a feature shared with its successor reference.

    Preserved in attractive overall condition, and consigned by an important American private collector, this is a rare opportunity to acquire a desirable and versatile example of Rolex’s Pre-Daytona chronograph, still aesthetically relevant in the modern era.

  • 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 striking and highly rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with tachymeter scale

Circa 1959
36mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement, strap, and buckle signed.

Estimate
$30,000 - 60,000 
CHF28,500-57,000
€29,000-58,000
HK$235,000-470,000
S$41,300-82,600

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Paul Boutros

Head of Watches, Americas

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Head of Sale, New York

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The New York Watch Auction: SEVEN

New York Auction 10 - 11 December 2022