|Model:||Chronograph- ref 6238 – Pre Daytona|
|Size - diameter excluding winding crown:||36mm|
|Size - length including lugs:||43mm|
|Price:||Price: $Upon request|
Rare Rolex Chronograph reference 6238 Pre Daytona from 1965. The watch has a steel round dial with three sub dials, 3 o’clock for the minutes, 6 o’clock for the hours and 9 o’clock for the seconds. The watch has batons and dots for each hour. The watch has an outer tachymeter graded up to 1,000. The hands have “Obelisque” style”. Luminous are very good on batons, dots and hands. The crown has the Rolex logo. It is a screw back case with serial number 1.1 million which date the watch to 1965. The watch has a Manual wind movement with caliber Valjoux 72B with 17 jewels. The watch comes with a stainless steel bracelet with rivet with double clasp Rolex buckle.
The 6238 was produced from 1962 to 1967 and had the nick name of “Pre Daytona”. This watch was offered in stainless steel and gold and only 3,600 timepieces have been produced. Even though, the movement was a Valjoux 72, it was finished and assembled at Rolex. The most valuable models are the ones from the Peruvian air force.
In 1905, Hans Wilsdorf founded in London “ Wilsdorf & Davis” a wholesaler company. The same year, he signed a contract to distribute the Aegler wristwatches brand in UK. In 1908, he creates his own brand called “Rolex” abbreviation of “Rolling Export”. In 1914, Wilsdorf won a class “A” rating certificate from the Kew observatory in England. In 1914, “Les Fils de jean Aegler become Rolex Watch Co. Aegler SA, Manufacture d’Horlogerie”. In 1920, Wilsdorf founded “Montres Rolex SA” in Geneva. In 1926, he patented a watchcase with a screw down crown. In 1927 the “Oyster” was born when Mercedes Gleitze crossed the Channel in 15 hours and 15 minutes. In 1931, came the “Perpetual”, then the “Datejust” in 1945. Since 2000, Rolex makes its own movements and produce over 700,000 watches a year many being iconic like the Daytona, Submariner or the Prince to name a few.
Manual wind chronograph with 60 seconds, 30 minutes, 12 hours with caliber Valjoux 72B with 17 jewels and 18,000 A/h and 48 hours of power reserve.
Diameter excluding winding crown: 36mm
Length including lugs: 43mm