View full screen - View 1 of Lot 123. Reference 6236 Datocompax 'Jean Claude Killy', A stainless steel triple calendar chronograph wristwatch with bracelet, Circa 1960  勞力士 6236 型號 Datocompax 'Jean Claude Killy' 精鋼全日曆計時腕錶,約1960年製.
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Reference 6236 Datocompax 'Jean Claude Killy', A stainless steel triple calendar chronograph wristwatch with bracelet, Circa 1960 勞力士 6236 型號 Datocompax 'Jean Claude Killy' 精鋼全日曆計時腕錶,約1960年製

Rolex

Rolex

Reference 6236 Datocompax 'Jean Claude Killy', A stainless steel triple calendar chronograph wristwatch with bracelet, Circa 1960 勞力士 6236 型號 Datocompax 'Jean Claude Killy' 精鋼全日曆計時腕錶,約1960年製

Reference 6236 Datocompax 'Jean Claude Killy', A stainless steel triple calendar chronograph wristwatch with bracelet, Circa 1960 勞力士 6236 型號 Datocompax 'Jean Claude Killy' 精鋼全日曆計時腕錶,約1960年製

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Reference 6236 Datocompax 'Jean Claude Killy'

A stainless steel triple calendar chronograph wristwatch with bracelet, Circa 1960


Dial: silvered

Caliber: cal. 72C mechanical, 17 jewels

Case: stainless steel, screw down case back

Case number: 576'401

Closure: stainless steel Rolex Jubilee bracelet with folding clasp 

Size: 36 mm diameter, bracelet circumference is approximately 180 mm

Signed: case, dial and movement

Box: no

Papers: no

Accessories: Rolex service guarantee dated January 1989, service invoice and booklets 

Case: The case is in overall very good condition with light signs of wear and minor nicks throughout. Previous light polish. The jubilee bracelet made for the USA market is in equivalent condition and has stretch.


Dial: The dial is in overall good condition with discoloration to the outer edge from 1 o'clock to 7 o'clock. The luminous plots have dirtied and is partially missing at 12 o'clock.


Movement: 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.


"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 reference 6236 from Rolex combines a triple calendar with a chronograph making it one of the most complicated models ever produced by the brand. 

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 like the Ref 6036, 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 produced from 1958 to 1962, with the present lot dating back to 1960 which places it in the middle of the production run. 

Collectors eventually gave those Dato-Compax models the nickname 'Jean-Claude Killy', 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.