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    Sale 1353

    Important Pocketwatches and Wristwatches

    12 May 2008, Geneva

  • Lot 221

    Rolex. An unusual stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with brown-coloured subsidiary dials


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    Rolex. An unusual stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with brown-coloured subsidiary dials
    Signed Rolex, Cosmograph Daytona, ref. 6239, case no. 1475697, manufactured in 1966
    Cal. 722 nickel-finished lever movement, 17 jewels, the silvered brushed dial with applied baton numerals with luminous accents, luminous hands, three engine-turned black subsidiary dials indicating constant seconds, 30 minutes and 12 hours registers, in tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case with blank bezel calibrated to 300 units per hour, screw back and screw down crown, two round chronograph buttons in the band, case, dial and movement signed
    37 mm. diam.

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    The present watch is certainly one of the most attractive Daytonas for any aficionado of sport chronographs. A reference 6239 from the mid 1960s featuring the pure non-Paul Newman dial, the designation "Daytona" is still printed above the centre and not yet around the 12 hours register at 6 o'clock as found on examples from the 1970s. Its charisma is the result of the fascinating colour of the subsidiary dials which over the years has changed from black to a warm chocolate brown.

    An other Daytona with a nearly identical dial featuring the same "Daytona" logo and brown subsidiary dials is described and illustrated in I Cronografi Rolex - La Leggenda, Pucci Papaleo, Editore, p. 304 & 305.

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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.