ROLEX | 'SMALL' DAYTONA, REF 6239 STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET CIRCA 1966
'SMALL' DAYTONA, REF 6239
STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET
Calibre: Valjoux cal. 72 manual winding, 17 jewels
Case: stainless steel, screw-down back
Case number: 1'463'640
Closure: extendable stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet and folding clasp
Dimensions: 37 mm, bracelet circumference approx. 220 mm (max.)
Signed: case, dial and movement
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MVT: running at the time of cataloguing. Chronograph functioning.
CASE: with scuffs and scratches throughout. Deep scratch to the case back, some small spots of corrosion to the band, between the lugs and to the bracelet. Bracelet stamped 2-66, reference 6635 and endlinks 71.
DIAL: in good overall condition with fine surface scratches and some discouloration spots. Subsidiary hands appear to be original. Lume plots are present (except the one at 3 o'clock which is almost gone). They have aged and turned darker. All dots react under UV light and fade right after being exposed to it. The glass with fairly strong scratching.
Please note that the movement has not been tested for the accuracy of time and may need a service at the buyer's expense. Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement and we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts.
You are advised that watch straps or bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator or crocodile) are not sold with the watch and we reserve the right to remove these straps or bands prior to shipping. Furthermore, the watch may not come with its original manufacturers strap or band.
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Bearing a 1.4 million serial number, the present watch is an early example of reference 6239 featuring a small Daytona signature and the correct bezel calibrated to 300 units. During the beginning of the Daytona’s production, Rolex experimented with various dial configurations in order to realize its design for the Cosmograph Daytona. It was a few years later that Rolex definitively printed the "Daytona" designation above the subsidiary register positioned at 6 o'clock.
The case is in nice crisp condition with very easy to read numbers between the lugs. The extendable Oyster bracelet is also original and stamped for the 2nd quarter on 1966 and the dial carries the T SWISS T signature at the bottom of the dial to confirm the use of tritium on the dial.