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    Sale 1992

    Important Watches

    24 April 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 55

    ROLEX. A FINE AND RARE STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET

    SIGNED ROLEX, CHRONOGRAPH, CASE NO. 1226550, REF. 6238, CIRCA 1959

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    ROLEX. A FINE AND RARE STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET
    SIGNED ROLEX, CHRONOGRAPH, CASE NO. 1226550, REF. 6238, CIRCA 1959
    Cal. 722 nickel-finished lever movement, 17 jewels, mono-metallic compensation balance, adjusted to 3 positions, silvered matte dial with applied baton numerals, luminescent accents and hands, three subsidiary dials indicating constant seconds, 30 minute and 12 hour registers, outer ring calibrated for tachometer, circular water-resistant-type case, screw back and screw-down crown, case, dial and movement signed, with a stainless steel Rolex Jubliee bracelet and deployant clasp
    36mm diam.


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    The reference 6238 is known among collectors as the "Pre-Daytona". It was the immediate predecessor of the 6239, the first Rolex Cosmograph Daytona. The 6238 first appeared in Rolex catalogues in 1964 and remained through 1967. The watch was produced in stainless steel, 14k and 18k gold with the 14k gold model destined for the North American market. The reference 6238 was outfitted with the 722 calibre which was an improvement over the earlier 72B.

    This model is described and illustrated in I Cronografi Rolex- LA Leggenda, Pucci Papaelo Editore, p. 286.