• Lot 156

    Rolex. A rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with brown dial and bracelet


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    Rolex. A rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with brown dial and bracelet
    Signed Rolex, Oyster Cosmograph, ref. 6240, case no. 1'659'535, manufactured in 1969
    Cal. 722 nickel-finished lever movement, 17 jewels, brown dial, applied silvered baton numerals with luminous accents, outer fifths of a second divisions, luminous hands, three engine-turned silvered subsidiary dials for constant seconds, 30 hours and 12 hours registers, tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case, black bezel calibrated for 200 units, screw back, screw down crown, two round screw down chronograph buttons in the band, stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, case, dial and movement signed
    37 mm. diam.

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

    The present watch is a highly attractive example of this model, featuring a warm chocolate-brown "tropical" dial and retains all the elements demanding collectors expect from an early Oyster Cosmograph: the finely reeded screw down buttons (later generations were deeper carved for improved grip), no Daytona designation, the proper 6240 case back and calibre 722.

    Reference 6240 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, Pucci Papaleo Editore, pp. 304-311, and in 100 Superlative Rolex Watches by John Goldberger, p. 239.

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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.