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    Sale 1353

    Important Pocketwatches and Wristwatches

    12 May 2008, Geneva

  • Lot 271

    Rolex. A very fine and rare 14K gold chronograph wristwatch with bracelet and transitional dial

    SIGNED ROLEX, CHRONOGRAPH, REF. 6238, CASE NO. 997'153, MANUFACTURED IN 1964

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    Rolex. A very fine and rare 14K gold chronograph wristwatch with bracelet and transitional dial
    Signed Rolex, Chronograph, ref. 6238, case no. 997'153, manufactured in 1964
    Cal. 72B nickel-finished lever movement, 17 jewels, the silvered brushed dial with applied dagger numerals with luminous accents, luminous baton hands, outer five minute divisions and blue tachymetre scale, three subsidiary dials indicating constant seconds, 30 minutes and 12 hours registers, in tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case with screw back engraved ED from ELSIE 8-23-65, screw down crown, two round chronograph buttons in the band, 14K gold Rolex Jubilee bracelet, case, dial and movement signed
    36 mm. diam.


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    Amongst collectors, reference 6238 is often referred to as the "Pre-Daytona" and enjoys today growing popularity within the community of Rolex aficionados. Launched in 1960, reference 6238 is the last traditional chronograph wristwatch by Rolex with polished bezel. It was made in stainless steel and gold, an exceedingly small series was cased in 14K gold and exclusively reserved for the North American market.

    The present watch features an exceptionally rare transitional dial with the line underneath the "Chronograph" writing, better known to Rolex collectors as a feature of the very first Daytona models introduced at around 1963, the year prior to the manufacture of the present watch. Such Daytonas are also called the "Underlined" Cosmograph.

    Different versions of reference 6238 in regard to case material and dial layout are is described and illustrated in I Cronografi Rolex - La Leggenda, Pucci Papaleo Editore, pp. 278 - 291.

    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.