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    Sale 1369


    16 November 2009, Geneva

  • Lot 339

    Rolex. An attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with bracelet and tobacco brown subsidiary dials


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    Rolex. An attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with bracelet and tobacco brown subsidiary dials
    Signed Rolex, Cosmograph Daytona, ref. 6239, case no. 1'600'097, manufactured in 1967
    Cal. 722 nickel-finished lever movement, 17 jewels, silvered brushed dial, applied baton numerals with luminous accents, luminous hands, three engine-turned brown-coloured subsidiary dials for constant seconds, 30 minutes and 12 hours registers, tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case with blank bezel calibrated for 300 units, screw back, screw down crown, two round chronograph buttons in the band, stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, case, dial and movement signed
    36 mm. diam.

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    The present watch is preserved in unmolested, original overall condition, its appeal enhanced by the fascinating colour of the subsidiary dials which over the years has changed from black to an attractive tobacco brown.

    Reference 6239, the very first model of the celebrated "Daytona" series, succeeded reference 6238 and could be found in sales catalogues in Europe as of 1964. It is thought though that the model was available in the US already in 1963. Available in stainless steel, 14K and 18K gold, reference 6239 was the firm's first chronograph with the tachometre scale engraved on the bezel and the subsidiary dials printed in a different color than the main dial for better readability. The dials of the early models featured only the designation "Cosmograph", referring to the outer space travels of the early 60s. The "Daytona" was added on later series to mark Rolex's sponsorship of the renowned NASCAR stock car race.

    For detailed descriptions and illustrations of the dial and bezel variations of reference 6239 see Rolex Daytona - a legend is born Carlo Pergola, Stefano Mazzariol, Giovanni Dosso, pp. 44 - 61. Different versions of reference 6239 in regard to case material and dial layout are furthermore described and illustrated in Cronografi Rolex - La Leggenda, Pucci Papaleo Editore, pp. 296-303.

    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.