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.