ROLEX. A VERY RARE AND ATTRACTIVE STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BROWN DIAL, BRACELET, ORIGINAL GUARANTEE AND BOX
SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER COSMOGRAPH, REF. 6240, CASE NO. 1’438’978, MANUFACTURED IN 1966
Cal. 722-1 mechanical lever movement, 17 jewels, brown dial, applied silvered baton numerals with luminous accents, outer ffths of a second divisions, luminous hands, three engine-turned silvered subsidiary dials for constant seconds, 30 hours and 12 hours registers, tonneaushaped water-resistant-type case, black bezel calibrated for 200 units, screw back, screw down crown, two round screw down chronograph buttons in the band, stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, case, dial and movement signed.
With Rolex original Guarantee dated 18 December 1967 and stamped with the retailer name Monetti, Roma-Napoli and Rolex fitted green presentation box.
Rolex further enhances the sporty character of the Daytona design. A new reference is released, 6240, available only in stainless steel. It features a bezel ftted with an acrylic insert and is equipped with new screw-down chronograph pushers in nickel-plated brass, now dubbed “millerighe” (thousand lines) by collectors.
In production until 1969, reaching a meager total of around 1700 examples, it is powered by the traditional 72B caliber and its later evolutions. Water resistance is guaranteed by the new Rolex patented screw-down pushers and by the screw-down 700 series winding crown. This ensures a much better performance compared to the 600 series crown present on the previous reference.
A noteworthy evolution is the appearance of the “Oyster” designation, which further underlines its sporty style. This designation has historically been present on the dials of Oyster cased Rolexes, before being eliminated on ref. 6238 (the pre-Daytona).
Ironically, the 6240 Daytona is not well received by the market. Its generous proportions are considered not appealing for the taste of the time. In fact, many of its owners complain that the large chronograph pushers and winding crown wear out their shirt cuffs! Who knows how many would-be buyers of the time would today opt for a different choice.
The present watch impresses not only for its condition, which is simply extraordinary, but also because it arrived with us completely intact with all of its original components: from the untouched case, to the absolutely intact dial, from the bezel, to the first series millerighe pushers, the hands, and the bracelet. Everything about this watch is the same as it was when it left the shop some 50 years ago. The only hint of the passing of time is the uniform colour change of chocolate within the dial, which only increases its charm and desirability. The fact that the watch is accompanied by its original box and certifcate is a testament to how this timepiece must have been lovingly looked after throughout its life.
Courtesy of Christie's