• Important Watches auction at Christies

    Sale 2610

    Important Watches

    14 December 2012, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 145

    Rolex. A Fine and Rare Stainless Steel Triple Calendar Chronograph Wristwatch with Bracelet


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    Rolex. A Fine and Rare Stainless Steel Triple Calendar Chronograph Wristwatch with Bracelet
    Signed Rolex, Oyster Chronograph, Anti-Magnetic, Ref. 6236, Case No. 576'392, Manufactured in 1960
    Mechanical jewelled movement, silvered matte dial, applied dagger and square numerals with lumionus accents, luminous hands, outer date ring with blue Arabic numerals, central arrow date hand, day and month apertures below 12 o'clock, three engine-turned subsidiary dials for constant seconds and 30 minute and 12 hour registers, tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case, two round chronograph buttons in the band, screw down crown, screw back, stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet and deployant clasp, case, dial and movement signed
    35mm diam.

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    Within the family of complicated Rolex wristwatches, the triple calendar chronograph model in the well-known oyster case takes a particularly prominent position. Known amongst collectors as the Jean-Claude Killy, it has been in production for a period of more than 20 years and has been cased in stainless steel, yellow gold, and pink gold. Since the introduction of this model during the second half of the 1940's, it has regularly been modernized until it reached its final form as the reference 6236, easily recognizable by the larger, more prominent bezel, which was clipped onto the main body of the case.
    The present stainless steel example of this landmark reference must be considered one of the best preserved specimens of this model to come to the market in years. It is blessed with a superb two tone dial, with all the typical features a savvy Rolex collector would expect; the blue date ring features the date of the month, and as one would expect for this very late example, the "six" and "nine" are no longer "open", as with previous generations, but rather closed. Furthermore the typical short hour indexes, highlighted with a luminous dot towards the outside, which has perfectly aged to a warm beige-brown tone, again in absolutely perfect harmony with the luminous material on the hands. The case is stunningly crisp and one may conclude that it has never been polished since new. Furthermore, the finely engraved reference and serial numbers in between the lugs are of extra ordinary crispness. Lastly, the oyster bracelet with its clasp dated 3/59, the third quarter of 1959, seems to be original.
    Many collectors of vintage watches are on the hunt for the perfect and all-original example of this favorite model. For scholars and aficionados of fine and complicated vintage Rolex wristwatches, this reference 6236 has been a long sought-after dream which, with the present example, comes true.
    Various examples of reference 6236 are described and illustrated in I Cronografi Rolex - La Leggenda, Pucci Papaleo Editore, pp. 408