Rolex. A highly attractive and extremely rare 18K pink gold chronograph wristwatch with two-tone silvered dial
Prospective purchasers are advised that several co… Read more The Property of an Important Private Collector The following two lots, 140 and 141, are cherished trophies from an important private collector focusing on pink gold cased complicated wristwatches by Rolex. Evidently hardly used, these two ultra-rare chronograph models are distinguished by their superb unspoiled original "sleeping beauty" condition.
Rolex. A highly attractive and extremely rare 18K pink gold chronograph wristwatch with two-tone silvered dial

SIGNE ROLEX, OYSTER, CHRONOGRAPH, ANTI-MAGNETIC, REF. 6232, CASE NO. 394'882, MANUFACTURED IN 1958

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Rolex. A highly attractive and extremely rare 18K pink gold chronograph wristwatch with two-tone silvered dial
Signe Rolex, Oyster, Chronograph, Anti-Magnetic, Ref. 6232, case no. 394'882, manufactured in 1958
Cal. 23 mechanical movement, 17 jewels, two-tone silvered dial, applied baton numerals, luminous accents, outer blue telemetre scale and black tachymetre scale, two engine-turned subsidiary dials for constant seconds and 30 minutes registers, tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case, screw back, screw down crown, two round chronograph buttons in the band, 18K gold Rolex buckle, case, dial and movement signed
36.5 mm. diam.
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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.

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Lot Essay

The present watch is a spectacular specimen from the exceptionally rare reference 6232 series exclusively cased in pink gold. Doubtlessly one of Rolex's rarest chronograph models, it is believed to have been made in an exceedingly small series of only twelve, destined for the French market.

Examples of this milestone model to appear in public are per definition superbly rare, and particularly when preserved in such wonderful, original condition. In fact, the present reference 6232 stands out by its beautiful, original silvered sunburst dial, enhanced by the outer blue telemetre scale, showing a charismatic uniform champagne-coloured patina which has formed naturally over the years. The varnish, a layer of clear lacquer applied to the dial surface to protect it against external influences, is flaking off in places, most probably also due to various atmospheric effects. The case, evidently hardly been polished, impresses with its full bodied proportions, crisp gold marks and French assay marks to the case back and the original satin-finish to the lugs.

In over 40 years of international watch auctions, less than five examples of this ultra-rare reference 6232 have appeared, rendering a specimen of such quality as the present watch a must for any discerning collection.

Another example of a reference 6232 is illustrated in 100 Superlative Rolex Watches by John Goldberger, pp. 118 & 119.

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