The Monaco Legend Group team has put together an astonishing selection of rarities in the horological field. From the Unique Piece Rolex Yachtmaster, former property of the late President of Rolex Patrick Heiniger, to an outstanding example of the Patek Philippe 2523-1. Not to mention the great selection of rarities destined for Middle Eastern market, such as a Rolex Submariner and Daytona from the Sultanate of Oman and a steel Daytona with UAE emblem on the dial.
Many thanks to Auro Montanari, alias John Goldberger, Roberto Randazzo and George Pakkos for their significant help in supervising the catalogue and to Eric Tortella for his assistance in searching for some of our rarest Patek Philippe watches in his database and releasing his passport of authenticity for them.
Session I: Saturday 22 April, 2:30 PM – lots 1 to 100
Session II: Sunday 23 April, 10:30 AM – lots 101 to 164
Session III: Sunday 23 April, 2:30 PM – lots 165 to 261
108 Rolex Sought after and Important, Daytona Chronograph, Wristwatch in Steel, With Cherry-Red Logo and Ghost Swiss, Reference 6239, Published in Pucci Papaleo’s Book “Ultimate Rolex Daytona”
Estimate: € 120,000 – 240,000
Sold € 156,000
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Bracelet Material: Stainless Steel
Case N°: 1048873
Dimensions: 37 mm
Signed: Dial, Case and Movement
Literature: This specific watch is published in Pucci Papaleo’s Book "Ultimate Rolex Daytona" at Page 116-119
The Rolex Daytona is nowadays one of the most, if not the most, sought after wristwatch by collectors and neophytes all over the world. Officially launched in 1963, Rolex’s reference 6239 influenced and inspired generations of collectors across the globe. The present example from circa 1964 is particularly interesting for few of its peculiarities. Manufactured in steel, first of all, it showcases a Mark II bezel—recognizable from the bezel scaling up still to 300 units, however, without the 275 hash marks between 300 and 250: this batch of bezels was produced just up to 1967. Throughout the years scholars and collectors have been able to categorize the reference in batches, each one with small variations from the previous and the latter. With a case preserved in truly remarkable conditions, still presenting nice bevels and deep black scale on the bezel, the watch also comes with an Oyster riveted bracelet. The present watch most notably displays an attractive “Cherry Logo” dial referring to the red “Daytona” inscription placed on top of the 6 o’clock subdial. This very lot represents one of the first prototypes showing the red signature that will later become one of the most sought after by passionate and collectors. Further preciousness is the fact that the dial is the appreciated and rare “grenè” finish. The Grenè dial is called so because the silvered dial has a slightly grainy matte finish as opposed to the vibrant soleil (sunburst) finish that can be found on the other examples. It is estimated that not many “Cherry” dials were produced and the present reference was the first ever model to showcase this particular red Daytona inscription. Particularly rare, the present reference 6239 with “Cherry Logo” dial and Mark II bezel is a true testament to how Rolex delivered exceptional and reliable tools made to withstand the test of time and ever-changing fashions. Moreover, this specific watch is published in Pucci Papaleo’s Book “Ultimate Rolex Daytona” at Page 116–119.