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    Sale 1348

    Important Pocket Watches and Wristwatches

    12 November 2007, Geneva

  • Lot 315

    Rolex. A very fine stainless steel water-resistant chronograph wristwatch with black dial


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    Rolex. A very fine stainless steel water-resistant chronograph wristwatch with black dial
    Signed Rolex, Oyster Chronograph, Antimagnetic, ref. 6234, case no. 530467, manufactured in 1959
    Cal. 72B nickel-finished lever movement, 17 jewels, the black dial with applied dagger numerals with luminous accents, luminous hands, outer gilt tachymetre and telemetre 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 buckle, case, dial and movement signed
    34 mm. diam.

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    Accompanied by Rolex green leather presentation box.

    Amongst the rarest gems within the Rolex chronograph family of references 6034 and 6234 must be considered examples featuring a black dial. In 30 years of international auctions, hardly more than a handful of such watches have been offered publicly.

    These black dials must be regarded as the ultimate state of the art in dial manufacturing as revealing a rich complexity of different layers applied to the metal base. In fact, the outer scientific scales are not printed on the black lacquered background but underneath and shine through in negative relief. However to further enhance its sophistication, "Rolex", "Oyster Chronographe" and "Antimagnetique" are superimposed and printed onto the black background.

    Close analysis of the present dial reveals that it is identical in its layout and finish as an example described and illustrated in literature, I Cronografi Rolex - La Leggenda, Pucci Papaleo Editore, pp. 240 & 241, however mounted on a reference 6034. For an example of reference 6234 with black dial see op. cit., pp. 256 & 257.
    This watch is not only an outstanding rarity in excellent overall condition but most importantly also an extremely attractive chronograph, one of the best-looking watches for daily wear.

    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.