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ROLEX. A FINE STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH
ROLEX. A FINE STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH

SIGNED ROLEX, COSMOGRAPH DAYTONA, CASE NO. 1597744, REF. 6239, CIRCA 1965

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ROLEX. A FINE STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH
SIGNED ROLEX, COSMOGRAPH DAYTONA, CASE NO. 1597744, REF. 6239, CIRCA 1965
Cal. 722 nickel-finished lever movement, 17 jewels, silvered brushed dial, applied baton numerals with luminescent accents, luminescent hands, three engine-turned black subsidiary dials for 30 minutes and 12 hours registers, constant seconds, tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case, bezel calibrated for 300 units, two round chronograph buttons in the band, screw down crown, screw back, case, dial and movement signed, stainless steel Rolex buckle
37mm diam.

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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. Available in stainless steel, 14K and 18K gold, reference 6239 was the firm's first chronograph with the tachometre scale engraved on the bezel and the subsidiary dials printed in a different color 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 to mark Rolex's sponsorship of the renowned NASCAR stock car race.

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