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    Sale 1417

    Rare Watches Including Nautilus 40 Part II

    14 November 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 296

    Rolex. A very fine and early stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with bracelet, additional black dial, Garantie, invoice and box



    Rolex. A very fine and early stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with bracelet, additional black dial, Garantie, invoice and box
    Signed Rolex, Cosmograph, ref. 6239, case no. 923’477, circa 1963
    MOVEMENT: manual, cal. 72B, 17 jewels
    DIAL: silvered brushed, applied baton numerals, luminous accents, luminous hands, outer fifths of a second divisions, three black sunken beveled engine-turned subsidiary dials for constant seconds and 30 minutes and 12 hours registers
    CASE: stainless steel, tonneau-shaped, bezel with tachymetre scale graduated to 300 units per hours, screw back stamped 6238, screw down crown, 36.5 mm. diam.
    SIGNED: case, dial and movement
    BRACELET/CLASP: stainless steel riveted Rolex Oyster bracelet, deployant clasp, approx. overall length 180 mm.
    ACCOMPANIED BY: Rolex Garantie stamped by Barcelona retailer Union Suiza and dated 28 January 1967, original invoice from the same retailer dated 4 February 1967, additional black dial, additional hands, additional bracelet links, green document holder and presentation box

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    The present watch is one of the very first Daytona wristwatches ever made, as denoted by its 923’xxx serial number, considered the lowest one can find on this model. Furthermore, scholars agree that the first few batches of Daytona chronographs made in 1963 were sold in the USA, and only from 1964 Rolex started its commercialization in Europe.

    The very first Daytonas were fitted with dials and case backs originally produced for the previous Rolex chronograph, reference 6238, the pre-Daytona: the dials were only marked “Swiss” below 6 o’clock, the case backs stamped 6238 to the inside. The movements used were calibre 72B, those on watches destined for the US market stamped “ROW”.

    The present reference 6239 is an interesting “hybrid” of this very early model. Sold in Barcelona in 1967, as documented both by the Union Suiza original guarantee and invoice, it features the “T-Swiss-T” dials found on later series of reference 6239, matching its year of sale. The movement is the correct calibre 72B, however without the mention “ROW”. The case back is the early version stamped 6238.

    The reason for above is left to speculation but in any case, this reference 6239 might be the only documented 923xxx serial Daytona sold outside of the USA.

    The watch was purchased by the uncle of the present owner at Barcelona’s prestigious retailer Union Suiza in 1967 and has remained in the same family ever since, the original documents, the second dial, hands and box preciously kept, adding to its desirability. It is furthermore preserved in very good original overall condition, a fine trophy for the collector of rare timepieces.

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