Exclusive Timepieces 17 October 2021 | Monaco

Auction Details

It is with great pleasure that we present you our new catalogue of fall 2021. A wonderful journey through the world of watch collecting.

Morning Session:
10:30 AM CEST – lots 100 to 169
Afternoon Session:
2:30 PM CEST – lots 170 to 288

285 Rolex Possibly Unique and Extremely Attractive, Pre Daytona Chronograph Wristwatch in 18k Yellow Gold, Reference 6238, Black Lacquer Dial, Former Property of John Goldberger, Published in the 100 Superlative Rolex Watches book.

Estimate: € 500,000 –⁠ 1,000,000

Sold € 858,000

Lot Description

Model: Pre-Daytona
Reference: 6238
Case Material: Yellow Gold
Bracelet Material: Yellow Gold
Year: 1964
Movement: Manual
Caliber: 722
Case N°: 1038629
Dimensions: 36 mm
Signed: Dial, movement and case
Literature: This specific watch is published in the 100 Superlative Rolex Watches book on pages 134-135

Produced from the early 1960 until 1967, the reference 6238 became known as the “Pre-Daytona” because following this model, Rolex removed the tachymeter scale from the dial and added it to the bezel. Quality 6238s are extremely rare to find and the present specimen is certainly one of the most exclusive, attractive and well-preserved examples of reference 6238 to appear on the auction market. First of all, the quality of the watch itself, with a three-body case in yellow gold 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. Examples of any reference 6238 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. The present specimen can be definitely considered as the “Holy Grail” for any true watch collector: the case of this 6238 has in fact manufactured in 18k yellow gold, an extremely rare version of this model since the vast majority have been produced in 14 carats and can possibly be considered as the only one known with black lacquered dial. A similar example in 14kt has been sold by Phillips in 2017 and on the catalogue is confirmed that only one other 6238 in yellow gold 18kt is known to exist with a glossy dial: the one that Monaco Legend is proud to offered to all its clients and friends.