Exclusive Timepieces 7 –⁠ 8 Dec 2019 | Monaco LOT 192

192. Rolex Highly Attractive and Remarkable Daytona Chronograph Wristwatch in Steel, Reference 6239, With Silver Dial, Micro Floating Daytona, Bracelet, Box, Papers and Tag

Estimate € 45,000 –⁠ 90,000

Lot Description
Model: Daytona
Material: Stainless Steel
Reference N°: 6239
Year: 1965
Case N°: 1197200
Caliber: 72B
Movement type: Manual
Bracelet: Stainless Steel
Dimensions: 37 mm
Signed: Dial, case and movement
Accessories: box and papers

The Rolex Daytona is nowadays one of the most, if not the most, sought after wristwatch by collectors and neophytes all over the world. Be it manual or automatic, the race for this specific model has now reached record levels. It is interesting to note how the name Daytona has now entered the collective language to describe a certain watch but the story could have been very different since initially the name used was that of Le Mans, except then opt for the city of Florida for business reasons. The very first model of the iconic Cosmograph Daytona family was the reference 6239, launched approximately in 1963 and discontinued in 1976. Equipped with the manual calibers 72B (all 1965) and later the 722, it was available in stainless steel or alternatively 18k or 14k yellow gold and what differentiated this model from the previous 6238 was the presence of a bezel with already engraved the tachometer scale. The lot offered in this auction is a very nice and beautiful example of Daytona 6239: realized in stainless steel, this watch has been carefully preserved in very good conditions, with still its pump pushers, its twin lock winding crown of 6 mm wide and the very fresh and crisp steel graduated bezel. The argentè dial is immaculate with the micro Daytona signature at 12 o’clock, the applied baton numerals with the luminous material dots still intact and perfectly shaped. The black sunken subsidiary dials give a note of movement to the quadrant and attract for their preservation. Sold full set with box, papers and original tags, this watch will for sure satisfy the eyes and souls of he most discerning collector of vintage Rolex sports watches.