• Lot 185

    Rolex. A very fine and rare 18K gold chronograph wristwatch with guarantee and box


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    Rolex. A very fine and rare 18K gold chronograph wristwatch with guarantee and box
    Signed Rolex, Chronograph, ref. 6238, case no. 1'038'616, manufactured in 1964
    Cal. 722 nickel-finished lever movement, 17 jewels, silvered sunburst design dial, applied baton numerals with luminous accents, luminous hands, outer tachymetre scale, 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, gilt Rolex buckle, case, dial and movement signed
    36 mm. diam.

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    With Rolex blank Guarantee dated 17 December 1964, Chronometer Certification slip, green leather presentation box and outer packaging.

    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.

    The "Pre-Daytona" is the first Rolex chronograph to be fitted with the silvered sunburst finished dial, officially referred to as "cadran soleil argenté", which gave the ideal background for the newly designed hands - for the first time in straight baton form. The new dial-finish and baton shaped hands can be found on all Rolex Daytona chronographs up to the mid 1980s, rendering these sports watches highly functional and lending them a particularly distinctive, masculine look.

    The majority of reference 6238 was cased in stainless steel (see lot 283 in this auction), less than a tenth of the entire model production in gold, and particularly few watches in 18 carat.

    The present watch furthermore stands out by its very crisp, original overall condition.

    Reference 6238 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.