• Important Watches Including A  auction at Christies

    Sale 1372

    Important Watches Including A CONNOISSEUR'S VISION PART II

    10 May 2010, Geneva

  • Lot 33

    Rolex. A fine stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with bracelet


    Price Realised  


    Rolex. A fine stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with bracelet
    Signed Rolex, Oyster Chronograph, Anti-Magnetic, ref. 6234, case no. 530'473, manufactured in 1959
    Cal. 72 nickel-finished lever movement, 17 jewels, silvered dial, applied dagger numerals with luminous accents, luminous hands, outer five minute divisions, blue telemetre and black tachymetre scales, three engine-turned subsidiary dials for constant seconds, 30 minutes and 12 hours registers, tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case, screw back, screw down crown, two round chronograph buttons in the band, stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, case, dial and movement signed
    36 mm. diam.

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    The present watch is an attractive and well preserved example of the classic 1950s Oyster chronograph series. Made at a time when the Cosmograph and Daytona family were not yet introduced, it epitomizes the sporty timing instrument for the gentleman. An interesting feature worth mentioning is the case back still displaying the finely engraved "STAINLESS STEEL" around the edge - an inscription often lost after the first or second polishing. The fact that it is still visible shows how little the case back was exposed to careless wear and refinishing.

    Different examples of reference 6234 are illustrated in 100 Superlative Rolex Watches by John Goldberger, pp. 120-127, and in I Cronografi Rolex - La Leggenda, Pucci Papaleo Editore, pp. 254-276.

    Special Notice

    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.