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 819, the three last digit of the case no. 1’007’819. This engraving changed with time from only the last three digits of the number to its entirety in later versions. The Fuerza Aerea del Peru designation is engraved around the edge of the case back by means of a rotary cutter, as can be noted by its depth and smoothness on the inside.
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.