Exclusive Timepieces 31 October 2020 | Monaco

Auction Details

Morning Session:
Lots 1 – 100, starting at 10:30 AM CET
Afternoon Session:
Lots 101 – 264, starting at 2:30 PM CET

Monaco Legend Group is focusing, in this Autumn Auction Catalogue, to offer a variety of beautiful timepieces where the winning point has to be the combination between rarity, quality and price.

143 Rolex Incredibly Rare and Attractive Pre Daytona Chronograph Wristwatch in Steel Reference 6234, With Black Lacquer Dial and Bracelet

Estimate: € 200,000 –⁠ 400,000

Sold € 247,000

Model: Pre Daytona
Reference: 6234
Case Material: Stainless steel
Bracelet Material: Stainless steel
Year: 1958
Movement: Manual
Caliber: 72
Case N°: 384091
Dimensions: 36 mm
Signed: Case, dial, movement

Preceding the Cosmograph Daytona family of watches, the Oyster chronograph reference 6234 is one of Rolex’s most sought-after specimens, effortlessly combining a sporty look with elegant flair. According to the latest estimates, Rolex made approximately 500 models per year during the six-year production span, which was between 1955 and 1961 for a total of around 3 000 watches. Quality 6234s are extremely rare to find and the present specimen is certainly one of the most exclusive, attractive and well-preserved examples of reference 6234 to appear on the auction market. First of all, the quality of the watch itself, with a three-body case in stainless steel that shows hardly any signs of wear, retaining its crisp edges, factory finishing, and original proportions. The Oyster riveted bracelet as well is still very nice with its Rolex clasp. What really makes the present lot an extremely desirable wristwatch is the gorgeous and rare black lacquered dial. The “Oyster Chronographs” featured a variety of dial variations, ranging from those with smaller subsidiary registers, to those with argentè background but those with a black dial are extremely difficult to find and limited are the times on which they came to the market on a 6234. Very rich in tone, it exhibits a full glossy finish with the presence of both tachometer and telemeter scale along its outer rim that, together with the printings on the counters, has turned to a charming light yellow color. The alpha hands contains tritium such as the hour markers and that is correct for a watch dating back to 1958 and is also confirmed by the “T-SWISS-T” found at the lower edge by 6 o’clock. Examples of any reference 6234 presented in such excellent condition fitted with such dials have rarely appeared on the market so far, making the present lot a must-have for collectors of vintage Rolex sports watches.