£25000 - £35000
Fine and early Rolex Cosmograph stainless steel gentleman's wristwatch, reference no. 6239, serial no 108xxxx, circa 1964, fixed tachymeter bezel calibrated to 200 units, silvered 'T Swiss T' dial with black chronograph centre seconds and baton hands with luminous inserts, applied baton markers with luminous accents and triple black subsidiary dials for twelve hour recording, thirty minute recording and constant seconds, screw-down crown with twin-pushers, manual cal. 72B 17 jewel movement, Rolex USA jubilee bracelet, 37mm diameter
** This fine example was purchased by the present owner in 1967. He considered the bracelet was uncomfortable so purchased the current bracelet in January 1968 from Charles Packer & Company, London. It is sold with related papers of the purchase, Rolex 1968 brochure, revised 1968 price list and the Cosmograph 6239 promotional leaflet
** The reference 6239 was the first model of the Daytona series, launched in 1963. The model was produced in stainless steel, 14K gold and 18K gold, and was Rolex's first chronograph model to feature a tachometer scale on the bezel. To further enhance legibility on the dial, the subsidiary dials were printed in a different colour than the main dial. Early models such as this model featured only the designation "Cosmograph" on the dial
Movement - clean condition and currently functioning. the chronograph appears to be setting correctly.
Dial - nice original and early dial, some of the lume accents are now missing or worn - see all images.
Glass - light marks.
Hands - matching, light surface marks.
Case - typical light marks as expected of the period, the lugs have some polishing and some of the black highlights to the bezel is worn - see all images.
Crown - adjusts correctly.
Bracelet - the bracelet is a replacement from 1968 where the owner was not happy with the original supplied with the watch, it has his receipt for this purchase but the original bracelet is not included and has been lost over time.
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