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    Sale 1417

    Rare Watches Including Nautilus 40 Part II

    14 November 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 108

    Rolex. A fine, rare and attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with second dial and box

    SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER COSMOGRAPH, DAYTONA, REF. 6240, CASE NO. 1'438'925, CIRCA 1966

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    Rolex. A fine, rare and attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with second dial and box
    Signed Rolex, Oyster Cosmograph, Daytona, ref. 6240, case no. 1'438'925, circa 1966
    MOVEMENT: manual, cal. 722 stamped ROW, 17 jewels
    DIAL: black matte dial, applied baton numerals, luminous accents, luminous hands, outer fifth of a second divisions, three white sunken beveled engine-turned subsidiary dials for constant seconds and 30 minutes and 12 hours registers
    CASE: stainless steel, bezel with black insert graduated to 200 units per hour, screw back, screw down crown, two screw down chronograph buttons in the band, 37.5 mm. diam.
    SIGNED: case, dial and movement
    BRACELET/CLASP: stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, deployant clasp, approximate overall length 190 mm.
    ACCOMPANIED BY: detached original silvered ref. 6240, product information, instructions, green Rolex leather box with outer packaging


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    Reference 6240 was the first "Oyster Cosmograph" model produced by Rolex. This novelty was predominantly characterized by the screw down push buttons. In production only during the second half of the 1960s, it was replaced by the better known references 6263 and 6265.

    The present watch is distinguished by its early non-Oyster dial, not yet making reference to the screw down pushers. In fact, this example still features a dial version better known on reference 6239, for example, with the sought-after small, shifted Daytona designation. Only for a second generation of reference 6240, Rolex designed a dial with the Oyster denomination.

    Another noteworthy fact is the designation "ROW" stamped on its movement, indicating that the original destination for the piece was the American market - and it is offered with two dials: its original silvered "non-Oyster" dial, and an additional later black ref. 6263 dial, at present mounted on the watch.

    Other examples of Rolex chronograph models featuring the small "Daytona" designation are illustrated in 100 Superlative Rolex Watches by John Goldberger, p. 238, 246 & 247 and in Rolex Daytona - a legend is born by Carlo Pergola, Stefano Mazzariol, Giovanni Dosso, pp. 46 & 51.

    Meanwhile, the more standard version of the reference 6240 with "Rolex Oyster Cosmograph dial" is described and illustrated in Rolex Daytona - A Legend is Born by Carlo Pergola, Stefano Mazzariol, Giovanni Dosso, pp. 76-92, in I Cronografi Rolex - La Leggenda by Pucci Papaleo Editore, pp. 304-311, and in 100 Superlative Rolex Watches by John Goldberger, p. 239.