• Important Watches, including A auction at Christies

    Sale 1391

    Important Watches, including A Gentleman's Pursuit for Excellence, Part I

    12 November 2012, Geneva

  • Lot 83

    Rolex. A fine and rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with black dial and bracelet


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    Rolex. A fine and rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with black dial and bracelet
    Signed Rolex, Chronograph, ref. 6238, case no. 1'206'523, manufactured in 1965
    Cal. 72B mechanical movement, 17 jewels, black matte 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, stainless steel Rolex Oyster riveted expanding bracelet, 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 collectors. Launched in 1960, reference 6238 was the company's last traditional chronograph wristwatch with polished bezel.
    Predominantly available with silvered dials, reference 6238 was also available with black matte or "grainé" dials. Only very few examples are featuring the lacquer surface finish.

    The present reference 6238 "Pre-Daytona" with black matte dial appeals not only to the scholars for its very good overall condition but also to those who are looking to wear on of the most beautiful and functional chronograph designs on their wrist.

    Clearly designed as a sport watch, reference 6238 maintains, thanks to his case proportions, a very refined but masculine look.

    For descriptions and illustrations of the matte version see 100 Superlative Rolex Watches by John Goldberger, pp. 130 & 131 and I Cronografi Rolex - La Leggenda, Pucci Papaleo Editore, pp. 282 & 283.

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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.