• Lot 239

    Rolex. A very attractive and extremely rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with black lacquer "underline" dial


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    Rolex. A very attractive and extremely rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with black lacquer "underline" dial
    Signed Rolex, Oyster Chronograph, Anti-Magnetic, ref. 6034, case no. 847'268, manufactured in 1960
    Cal. 72 nickel-finished lever movement, 17 jewels, black lacquer dial, applied dagger numerals with luminous accents, luminous hands, outer telemetre and 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 buckle, case, dial and movement signed
    36 mm. diam.

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    Amongst the most coveted trophies within the Rolex Oyster chronograph family of references 6034 and 6234 must be considered examples featuring a black lacquer dial. In 30 years of international auctions, hardly more than a handful of such gems have been offered publicly. The present piece, offered by a distinguished collector, furthermore stands out by the distinctive "underline" dial. In fact, inbetween the "ANTI-MAGNETIC" designation and the 12 hour register is the subtle underline feature, making this reference 6034 the only recorded example known to have been offered at auction in decades with such dial.

    Such lacquered black dials must be regarded as the ultimate state of the art in dial manufacturing as revealing a rich complexity of different layers applied to the metal base. In fact, the "Rolex" signature and the outer scientific scales are not printed on the black lacquered background but underneath and shine through in negative relief. However to further enhance its sophistication, "Oyster Chronograph", "Anti-Magnetic" and the underline are superimposed and printed, in a tone of off-white, onto the black background.

    The present reference 6034 is not only an outstanding rarity in excellent overall condition but most importantly also a superbly appealing chronograph, one of the best-looking watches from the golden age of Rolex chronographs for daily wear.

    For different versions of stainless steel references 6034 and 6234 with black lacquer dial see I Cronografi Rolex - La Leggenda, Pucci Papaleo Editore, pp. 240 & 241 and 256 & 257, and 100 Superlative Rolex Watches by John Goldberger, pp. 87, 114 & 115, 122 & 123 and 126 & 127.

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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.