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Rolex

'JEAN-CLAUDE KILLY' DATO-COMPAX, REF 6236 STAINLESS STEEL TRIPLE CALENDAR CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH CIRCA 1958 [勞力士6236型號「'JEAN-CLAUDE KILLY' DATO-COMPAX」精鋼全日曆計時腕錶,年份約1958]

VAT applies to hammer price and buyer's premium

Estimate:

100,000

to
- 150,000 CHF

Rolex

Rolex

'JEAN-CLAUDE KILLY' DATO-COMPAX, REF 6236 STAINLESS STEEL TRIPLE CALENDAR CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH CIRCA 1958 [勞力士6236型號「'JEAN-CLAUDE KILLY' DATO-COMPAX」精鋼全日曆計時腕錶,年份約1958]

'JEAN-CLAUDE KILLY' DATO-COMPAX, REF 6236 STAINLESS STEEL TRIPLE CALENDAR CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH CIRCA 1958 [勞力士6236型號「'JEAN-CLAUDE KILLY' DATO-COMPAX」精鋼全日曆計時腕錶,年份約1958]

Estimate:

100,000

to
- 150,000 CHF

Lot sold:

126,000

CHF

Rolex


'JEAN-CLAUDE KILLY' DATO-COMPAX, REF 6236

STAINLESS STEEL TRIPLE CALENDAR CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH

CIRCA 1958

[勞力士6236型號「'JEAN-CLAUDE KILLY' DATO-COMPAX」精鋼全日曆計時腕錶,年份約1958]


Dial: silvered

Calibre: cal. 72C manual winding, 17 jewels

Case: stainless steel, screw-down back

Case number: 384'166

Closure: stainless steel Rolex buckle

Dimensions: 36 mm

Signed: case, dial and movement

Accessories: Rolex service invoice from 1997 confirming that the center wheel of the movement has been replaced

MVT: is running at the time of cataloguing, the date advancing and the chronograph working.

CASE: in good condition with healthy proportions. There are signs of light polishing and there are some small dings and scratches visible with the naked eye.

DIAL: in attractive condition with even discoloration that provides a deeply vintage aesthetic. The majority of the lume plots appear to have faded but the one at 8 o'clock is still present.


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. Prospective bidders should review the Conditions of Business, Authenticity Guarantee, the Guide for Prospective Buyers, and any Important Notice in the sale catalogue. Please note: Condition 16 of the Conditions of Business for Buyers (Online Only) is not applicable to this lot.


"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. All dimensions in catalogue descriptions are approximate. Condition reports may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome. Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. Please note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and leather bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."


**Please be advised that bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping."

The iconic Rolex reference 6236 combines a triple calendar and a chronograph function, making it one of the most complicated examples created by the world-famous manufacture. 


Reference 6236 is the last iteration of a series of Dato-Compax models first introduced by Rolex in 1947. It started with the reference 4767, which was the brand's first triple calendar chronograph fitted in a waterproof Oyster case, and subsequently encompassed references 5036, 6036 and 6236. What differentiates the 6236 from its preceding models is the more modern case design and dial layout. Namely, instead of having a mono-bloc case as the 6036 does, the 6236 is equipped with a three-piece case that has a separate, slightly larger bezel. The dial is also cleaner, with a prominent Rolex crown at the top and with closed 6's on the scales that give the watch a more modern character. All four Dato-Compax series had relatively low production numbers and the reference 6236 was only produced from 1958 to 1962. The present lot has an attractively low serial number which dates it back to 1958, making it one of the earliest examples. Interestingly enough, the engravings of the serial and reference numbers have been reversed, with the reference number engraved on the bottom at six o'clock and the serial number on top at 12 o'clock. The opposite is normally the case but it is known that such accidental switches happened during that time period. 


Collectors eventually gave those Dato-Compax models the nickname 'Jean-Claude Killy', named after the famous Olympic skiing champion. In addition to winning three Olympic gold medals, he later became an ambassador for the brand and even sat on the board of Rolex S.A.


Sotheby's is excited to offer this incredibly rare vintage Rolex, which provides an opportunity to anyone wishing to be part of a small circle of collectors that may call a 'Killy' one of their precious possessions.