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    Sale 1369


    16 November 2009, Geneva

  • Lot 25

    Rolex. A rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with bracelet and early "non-Oyster" dial


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    Rolex. A rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with bracelet and early "non-Oyster" dial
    Signed Rolex, Cosmograph, Daytona, ref. 6240, case no 1'439'065, manufactured in 1967
    Cal. 722 nickel-finished lever movement, 17 jewels, silvered brushed dial, applied silvered baton numerals with luminous accents, outer fifths of a second divisions, luminous hands, three engine-turned black 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 and clasp stamped 3.67, case, dial and movement signed
    37 mm. diam.

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    With Rolex original fitted green presentation box, outer packaging and contemporary Rolex Cosmograph brochure in Spanish featuring the Pan Am logo and inscription Rolex - official chronometer of "Pan American Airways".

    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.

    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.

    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.