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    Sale 1348

    Important Pocket Watches and Wristwatches

    12 November 2007, Geneva

  • Lot 188

    Rolex. A very fine and rare stainless steel water-resistant chronograph wristwatch with bracelet and transitional dial

    SIGNED ROLEX, CHRONOGRAPH, REF. 6238, CASE NO. 964553, MANUFACTURED IN 1963

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    Rolex. A very fine and rare stainless steel water-resistant chronograph wristwatch with bracelet and transitional dial
    Signed Rolex, Chronograph, ref. 6238, case no. 964553, manufactured in 1963
    Cal. 72B nickel-finished lever movement, 17 jewels, the silvered matte dial with applied dagger numerals with luminous accents, luminous hands, outer blue and black telemetre and tachymetre scales, 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, stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet and clasp stamped 4.69, 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 an exceptionally rare transitional dial, combining stylistic elements of reference 6234, its direct predecessor, and reference 6238. Whereas the dial no longer shows the "Oyster Chronograph" and "Anti-Magnetic" designations, as its earlier peers, it does not yet have the "soleil" finish as commonly found on reference 6238 with silvered dial. Another attractive particularity is 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 of 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. 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.