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    Sale 1357

    Important Watches

    17 November 2008, Geneva

  • Lot 163

    Rolex. A fine and rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with bracelet and box


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    Rolex. A fine and rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with bracelet and box
    Signed Rolex, Chronograph, ref. 6238, case no. 1'226'569, manufactured in 1965
    Cal. 722-1 nickel-finished lever movement, 17 jewels, silvered brushed dial, applied baton numerals with luminous accents, luminous hands, outer tachymetre scale, three subsidiary dials for constant seconds, 30 minutes and 12 hours registers, tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case with screw back and screw down crown, two round chronograph buttons in the band, stainless steel Rolex buckle, case, dial and movement signed
    36 mm. diam.

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    With Rolex detached stainless steel Oyster bracelet and original fitted presentation box.

    Amongst collectors, reference 6238 is often referred to as the "Pre-Daytona" and enjoys today growing popularity within the community of Rolex aficionados. In 1960, Rolex launched model 6238, their last traditional chronograph wristwatch with polished bezel.

    The "Pre-Daytona" with the silvered dial is the first Rolex chronograph to be fitted with the sunburst finished dial, officially referred to as "cadran soleil argent", which gave the ideal background for the newly designed hands - for the first time in straight baton form. The new dial finish and baton-shaped hands can be found on all Rolex Daytona chronographs up to the mid 1980s, rendering these sports watches highly functional and lending them a particularly distinctive, masculine look.
    For unknown reasons, the present features white hands for the chronograph and all subsidiary indications. It may only be assumed that, upon the owner's special request, this unusual yet appealing configuration was added.

    Different versions of reference 6238 in regard to case material and dial layout are is described and illustrated in I Cronografi Rolex - La Leggenda, Pucci Papaleo Editore, pp. 278 - 291.

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    Prospective buyers should be aware that the importation of Rolex watches into the United States is highly restricted. Rolex watches may not be shipped into the USA and can only be imported personally. Generally a buyer may import only one watch into the USA. For further information please contact our specialists in charge of the sale. Please note other countries may have comparable import restrictions for luxury watches.