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Rolex – Sought After and Very Well Preserved, Pre Daytona Manual Wristwatch...

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Estimate € 70000 - 140000

Model: Pre Daytona
Reference: 6238
Case Material: Yellow Gold
Bracelet Material: Leather Strap
Year: 1967
Movement: Manual
Caliber: 722
Case N°: 1697071
Dimensions: 37 mm
Signed: Dial, Movement and Case

Within the esteemed circle of Rolex aficionados, the growing popularity of reference 6238 has solidified its status as a coveted collector’s item. Produced from the early 1960s until 1967, the reference 6238 earned its moniker as the “Pre-Daytona,” paving the way for subsequent models by relocating the tachymeter scale from the dial to the bezel. Notably, the “Pre-Daytona” stands out as the inaugural Rolex chronograph featuring a silvered sunburst finished dial, officially termed “cadran soleil argenté.” This innovative dial provided the ideal backdrop for the newly designed hands, presented for the first time in a sleek straight baton form. The rarity of quality reference 6238 watches elevate their allure, and the present specimen ranks among the most exclusive, attractive, and well-preserved examples to grace the auction market. The distinguished three-body case in yellow gold retains its factory finishing, original proportions, and crisp edges, showcasing minimal signs of wear. With the majority of reference 6238 models cased in stainless steel and only a fraction in gold, particularly in 18 karat, this specimen emerges as an extraordinary find. Noteworthy for its exceptional condition and adorned with such a rare dial, the present lot is a must-have for collectors of vintage Rolex sports watches. This specimen, often deemed the “Holy Grail” among true watch enthusiasts, it is a horological history with this exceptional reference 6238, a testament to Rolex’s legacy of craftsmanship and enduring style.

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Estimate € 70000 - 140000

Model: Pre Daytona
Reference: 6238
Case Material: Yellow Gold
Bracelet Material: Leather Strap
Year: 1967
Movement: Manual
Caliber: 722
Case N°: 1697071
Dimensions: 37 mm
Signed: Dial, Movement and Case

Within the esteemed circle of Rolex aficionados, the growing popularity of reference 6238 has solidified its status as a coveted collector’s item. Produced from the early 1960s until 1967, the reference 6238 earned its moniker as the “Pre-Daytona,” paving the way for subsequent models by relocating the tachymeter scale from the dial to the bezel. Notably, the “Pre-Daytona” stands out as the inaugural Rolex chronograph featuring a silvered sunburst finished dial, officially termed “cadran soleil argenté.” This innovative dial provided the ideal backdrop for the newly designed hands, presented for the first time in a sleek straight baton form. The rarity of quality reference 6238 watches elevate their allure, and the present specimen ranks among the most exclusive, attractive, and well-preserved examples to grace the auction market. The distinguished three-body case in yellow gold retains its factory finishing, original proportions, and crisp edges, showcasing minimal signs of wear. With the majority of reference 6238 models cased in stainless steel and only a fraction in gold, particularly in 18 karat, this specimen emerges as an extraordinary find. Noteworthy for its exceptional condition and adorned with such a rare dial, the present lot is a must-have for collectors of vintage Rolex sports watches. This specimen, often deemed the “Holy Grail” among true watch enthusiasts, it is a horological history with this exceptional reference 6238, a testament to Rolex’s legacy of craftsmanship and enduring style.

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