The model was introduced in 1963 in America and in 1964 in Europe and it was produced until 1969.
It is today admitted that about 14,000 pieces of that reference were produced with only 300 in yellow gold. As such, this version represents less than 2.5% of the total of 6239 made.
Rare is an adjective that can be used for any gold 6239. However, rarity is not enough to make a watch truly special or highly collectible.
Condition is also a crucial element to elevate a piece to a trophy status.
For the present lot, the case has been preserved in superb original condition with strong and large lugs, clearly defined angles as well as most attractive brossé and poli finishes. The holes to the lugs to attach the spring bars are also extremely well defined with a sharp edge. The case back, also retaining its original finish, does not bear a single watchmaker mark inside.
The case looks similar to how it was when originally purchased, with the addition of the subtle patina that only time can provide.
The dial is also in breathtaking condition. The grainé dial is exempt of any marks or scuffs. The lume plots are all present, complete and have been preserved in original condition with a patina perfectly matching the hands and complementing the gold writing and indexes.
Not only this piece is in mesmerizing condition but it is fitted with an extremely rare gold bracelet that is on its own a delight for a connoisseur. The band has a very unusual pattern and perfectly hugs the case of the watch. The yellow gold has today a warm and attractive patina. The clasp is signed inside with a large Rolex logo and, on the outside, a clearly defined raised and larger than usual Rolex crown.
The watch is further accompanied by its original full set comprising the Rolex guarantee, presentation case, outer box, Cosmograph booklet and invoice. The watch, with a 2.2 million serial number, was produced around 1969. It is interesting to note, that according to the documentation, the original owner seems to have paid a deposit in 1973 to finally receive the watch in 1976. This clearly demonstrates the very low number of pieces produced. The original lead time was probably extended to manufacture the bracelet.
In addition to rarity, condition and the accompaniments, provenance is also a key criteria to determine the quality of a timepiece. This watch was kept until today within the family of its original owner. Family tradition said that the piece had been lost years ago during a move. It was just recently rediscovered hidden in the cellar behind a collection of wines.
Rationally, the present lot ticks all the boxes to make it a very important piece. It is also and equally importantly a truly beautiful watch.
It can be stated without exaggeration that this Rolex Daytona 6239 in yellow gold is one of the most attractive and important specimens in its category to have ever been presented on the auction market.
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