• 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 81

    Rolex. A rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with bracelet, made for the Peruvian Airforce


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    Rolex. A rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with bracelet, made for the Peruvian Airforce
    Signed Rolex, Chronograph, ref. 6238, movement no. 5275, case no. 1'102'428, manufactured in 1964
    Cal. 72B mechanical movement, 17 jewels, silvered matte dial, applied baton numerals with luminous accents, luminous hands, three engine-turned silvered subsidiary dials for constant seconds, 30 minutes and 12 hours registers, tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case, screw back, screw down crown, two round screw down chronograph buttons in the band, stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet with clasp stamped 76, case, dial and movement signed
    36 mm. diam.

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    Fuerza Aérea del Perú

    Rolex sports watches have always been the watch of choice of diver's organisations and several armed forces; the most renowned certainly COMEX and the British Royal Navy, highly coveted collectors items in today's market.

    It is however much less known that small series of watches were also supplied to forces such as Fuerza Aérea del Perú, consequently rendering the few models appearing in public extremely rare.

    It is thought that as of the early 1960s, the Peruvian Air Force commissioned Rolex with the supply of watches for their personnel, mainly different Cosmograph Daytona models but also references 6238, the celebrated Pre-Daytona, and 1680, the Submariner with date, which were issued to the superior Officers. The case backs were engraved with the inscription Fuerza Aérea del Perú to the outside, the serial number was repeated to the inside - the numbers in the case back of the present watch read 6238 and 428, the three last digit of the case no. 1102428.

    Amongst collectors, reference 6238 is often referred to as the "Pre-Daytona" and enjoys today growing popularity within the community of Rolex aficionados. Launched in 1960, reference 6238 was the company's last traditional chronograph wristwatch with polished bezel.

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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.