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Revolution: The Evolution of the Rolex Sport Watch
Thursday, April 17, 2008 – The Fuller Building – New York

Rolex 6238 pre-Daytona chronograph James Bond watchRef. 6238, “Pre-Daytona” Rolex, “Chronograph,” Ref. 6238. Made in 1964. Very fine and rare, water-resistant, stainless steel wristwatch with round button chronograph, registers, tachometer and a stainless steel Oyster bracelet.

C. Three-body, polished and brushed, screwed-down case back and crown, polished inclined bezel. D. Satine silver with applied steel baton indexes and luminous dots, subsidiary dials for the seconds, the 12-hour and 30-minute registers, outer tachometer scale. Luminous steel baton hands. M. Cal. 72B, rhodium-plated, 17 jewels, straight line lever escapement, monometallic balance, shock absorber, self-compensating free-sprung Breguet balance spring, Microstella regulating screws. Dial, case and movement signed. Diam. 36 mm. Thickness 13 mm.

In 1962 the ref. 6234 evolved into the reference 6238 and featured in the Rolex catalogues until 1968. This reference is also called ‘Pre-Daytona’ by collectors and was produced in stainless steel and in 14K and 18K gold. It was published for the first time in the Rolex catalogue for the Italian Market in 1964 and remained there until 1968. Its production is estimated at 3,600 examples from 1962 to 1967. The ref. 6238 was not yet an ‘Oyster’ version and did not have a screw down winding crown or screw down timing buttons.

  • Estimate: 20,000 USD – 30,000 USD
  • Estimate: 13,000 EUR – 20,000 EUR

Sold including buyer’s premium: $36,000 (US)

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