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DAYTONA, REF 6240 STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH TROPICAL SUBSIDIARY DIALS AND BRACELET CIRCA 1966
Dial: silvered
Calibre:
cal. 722 manual winding, 17 jewels
Case:
stainless steel, screw-down back
Case number:
1'438'871
Closure:
stainless steel Rolex Jubilee bracelet and folding clasp
Dimensions:
37mm, bracelet circumference approx. 180mm
Signed:
case, dial and movement
Accessories:
Rolex guarantee and presentation case
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Catalogue Note

The present watch is a very rare example of a reference 6240 that is very collectable for a number of reasons. With a 1.4 million serial number, it was released in the early batch of watches introduced for this reference and as such features a rare dial. Known as the Jumbo Daytona, Rolex experimented with different dial configurations before becoming satisfied with the reference 6263 and 6265. While earlier Daytona models featured a small Daytona script below "Rolex Cosmograph", Rolex also introduced a different dial configuration displaying a slightly larger "Daytona" font. It was only much later that Rolex printed the "Daytona" designation above the subsidiary register positioned at 6 o'clock.

Furthermore, the subsidiary registers have aged to a stunning tobacco brown tone, contrasting against the bold white graphics. Secondly, the mark 1 pushers are correct and the watch is accompanied by its original accessories including the original invoice. The Jubilee bracelet is also the rare version and is stamped with the big Rolex logo nicely matching the dial.

The reference 6240 was first introduced in 1966 and discontinued in 1969. Not considered a commercial success there were numerus complaints about the size of the crowns and pushers. The present watch, from the first year of production is a fine example and considered rarer still due to accompanying accessories, Jumbo Daytona dial with very appealing tropical register and original pushers.

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