Lot 78
  • 78

ROLEX | A STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH REGISTERS AND BRACELETREF 6239 CASE 1196048 DAYTONA CIRCA 1965

Estimate
20,000 - 30,000 GBP
Sold
42,500 GBP
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Description

  • Rolex
  • A STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH REGISTERS AND BRACELETREF 6239 CASE 1196048 DAYTONA CIRCA 1965
Movement: cal. 72B manual winding lever, 17 jewelsCase: stainless steel Oyster, bezel calibrated to 200 units, screw-down crown and back Dial: black, applied baton indexes and luminescent dotsBracelet/Clasp/Buckle:  with a stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet with folding claspDiameter: 36mm, bracelet circumference approx. 180mmSigned: case, dial and movement Accessories: guarantee and presentation case.  

Catalogue Note

The reference 6239 is the "original" Rolex Daytona. Introduced in 1963 in America and in 1964 in Europe, the watch was available until 1969. This watch is powered by the calibre 72B movement which was used during the first period of the models production (1963-1965). The present lot is also characteristic of the early models with a round profile as opposed later slightly curved shape by the winding crown, which was introduced around 1966. 
Furthermore, the dial is simply signed 'Rolex Cosmograph'. The word 'Daytona' started to be printed on the dial around 1965. As such, this lot is one of the last one produced with it.


Moreover, presented in honest condition, this highly attractive yet understated piece comes with its original Rolex guarantee and presentation case and fascinating provenance:

The vendor, a Dutchman, originally joined the RAF following the liberation of the Netherlands during  World War II and having successfully avoided capture and transport to German work camps. After a successful career with the British forces for many years, he later joined the Dutch forces (the Koninklijke Luchtmacht or KLu) as a flight engineer and instructor. He served with numerous squadrons both for the UK and around Europe, as well as working for the Fokker aircraft company. Flying and engineering were clearly hugely influential parts of his life and so he commemorated this with the purchase of this watch, which according to his family, he proudly used on a daily basis since he bought it in 1968.

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