ROLEX | REFERENCE 6239 BLUE DAYTONA A STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET, CIRCA 1967
REFERENCE 6239 BLUE DAYTONA
A STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET, CIRCA 1967
Caliber: cal. 722 mechanical, 17 jewels
Case: stainless steel, screw-down case back
Case number: 1'695'188
Closure: stainless steel Rolex riveted bracelet with folding clasp
Size: 37 mm diameter, bracelet circumference approximately 180 mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
Case: Case, bezel and bracelet in overall good condition with surface scratches consistent with age visible to the naked eye. Nicks to parts of the lugs. Previous polish in our view. Service bezel is calibrated to 200. Bracelet with stretch.
Dial: Dial in overall good condition. Lumes missing at 3 and 9 o'clock. Service hands have scratches. The lacquer on the 9 o'clock subdial hand has faded.
Movement: Chronograph function operating. The movement is running at time of cataloging, however it was not tested for the accuracy of time or duration of the power reserve and may need service at the buyer's discretion. Please note that Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement.
The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The online condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance purposes only. The images of the lot also form part of the online condition report for the lot provided by Sotheby's. Any reference to condition in the online condition report does not amount to a full description of condition. The online condition report may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the online condition report of the lot or shown in the online images of the lot (for example, the online condition report 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. The online condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation but rather the online condition report is a statement of subjective, qualified opinion (for example, information regarding colour, clarity and weight of gemstones are statements of opinion only and not statements of fact). Please also note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and wrist bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. In addition, certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot (for example, the online images may represent colours and shades which are different to the lot's actual colour and shades). For these reasons, the online condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. Prospective buyers should also refer to the Buying at Auction guide which includes important notices concerning the type of property in this sale. 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. Please be advised that wristbands 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. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE/BUSINESS APPLICABLE TO THE RESPECTIVE SALE.
Rolex introduced the Reference 6239 in 1963. Its production run was concurrent with its predecessor, the ref. 6238, which ran until the later 1960s. Whilst the cases of these two models were the same, Rolex introduced a couple of significant visual upgrades. Primarily, this was the movement of the tachymeter scale from the dial to the enlarged steel bezel. This increased the watch diameter by 1mm, giving it a more substantial look whilst also giving the dial a more uncluttered appearance. In addition, ref 6239 dials displayed contrasting sub registers. Only known in the later batches of ref 6239, the current example is known to collectors as a ‘Blue’ Daytona, named after the blue hue apparent on the Daytona logo above the 6 register.