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    Sale 1353

    Important Pocketwatches and Wristwatches

    12 May 2008, Geneva

  • Lot 19

    Rolex. A very fine and rare 18K gold water-resistant chronograph wristwatch with bracelet


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    Rolex. A very fine and rare 18K gold water-resistant chronograph wristwatch with bracelet
    Signed Rolex, Chronograph, ref. 6238, case no. 996941, manufactured in 1964
    Cal. 727 nickel-finished lever movement, 17 jewels, the silvered brushed dial with applied gold baton numerals with luminous accents, luminous baton hands, three subsidiary dials indicating constant seconds, 30 minutes and 12 hours registers, in tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case with screw back and screw down crown, two round chronograph buttons in the band, 18K gold Rolex Oyster bracelet and clasp stamped 3.69, 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. In 1960, Rolex launched model 6238, their last traditional chronograph wristwatch with polished bezel. It was made in stainless steel and gold.

    The present watch features the typical "soleil" finish dial as commonly found on reference 6238 with silvered dial, no longer showing the "Oyster Chronograph" and "Anti-Magnetic" designations, as its earlier peers. It furthermore stands out by its excellent overall condition and the period "Oyster" bracelet.

    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.

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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.