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ROLEX. A VERY RARE AND EARLY STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET AND 'SOLO' DIAL
ROLEX. A VERY RARE AND EARLY STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET AND 'SOLO' DIAL
ROLEX. A VERY RARE AND EARLY STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET AND 'SOLO' DIAL
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ROLEX. A VERY RARE AND EARLY STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET AND 'SOLO' DIAL

SIGNED ROLEX, DAYTONA MODEL, REF. 6239, CASE NO. 1'053'839, CIRCA 1964

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ROLEX. A VERY RARE AND EARLY STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET AND 'SOLO' DIAL
SIGNED ROLEX, DAYTONA MODEL, REF. 6239, CASE NO. 1'053'839, CIRCA 1964
Movement: Cal. 722-1, manual
Dial: Black dial with “Solo” Rolex
Case: 36 mm. diam.
With: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster riveted bracelet stamped 1/70, overall length approximately 180 mm.
Remark: 'Solo' dial
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Lot Essay

The present watch is a great example of the rarest variant of the reference 6239 - the so-called ‘Solo’ which as the name suggests, features only the word ‘Rolex’ on the dial. The 'Cosmograph' designation being omitted entirely. Existing on both the silver and the black dial versions, very few ‘Solo’ dial watches have surfaced over the years. Distinctively, the word ‘Rolex’ is positioned lower down on the dial than on examples of 6239’s signed ‘Rolex Cosmograph’ in the normal way which gives these watches a pared-down almost minimalist aesthetic.

The ‘Solo’ dials are part of the early evolution of the Rolex Cosmograph model and, due to the existence of period Rolex advertisements illustrating reference 6239 watches with ‘Solo’ dials, it is indeed certain that some examples of the 6239 were originally manufactured with ‘Solo’ dials.

The case is presented with general signs of use during the last fifty plus years, bearing its original bezel with its 300 tachymeter scale. A notable detail is that the movement is stamped ROW, indicating it was initially intended for the American market. Undoubtedly a great rarity among the iconic reference 6239, this watch will both impress collectors by its general good state of preservation and its beautiful black 'Solo' dial.

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. Produced in stainless steel, 14K and 18K gold, reference 6239 was the firm's first chronograph with the tachymetre scale engraved on the bezel and the subsidiary dials printed in a different colour 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 watches 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 by Carlo Pergola, Stefano Mazzariol, Giovanni Dosso, pp. 44 - 61. The case shapes are illustrated and explained on page 60.

Different versions of reference 6239 regarding case material and dial layout are furthermore described and illustrated in I Cronografi Rolex - La Leggenda, Pucci Papaleo Editore, pp. 296-303.

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