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Rolex Oyster Chronograph Ref. 6034 - 'Pre-Daytona'

Sale price$39,950.00 USD

The Rolex Daytona has long been one of the most desirable chronographs in production, which is funny for a model that was initially off to a slow sales start!

…but this comes before all of that!

Appropriately named, this is a ‘Pre-Daytona’. The chronograph model that was made in the early years of Rolex - and went unnamed! The model does share a few things however, one of them being the manually wound movement. Each variant was based on the iconic Valjoux 72 ebauche.

These watches have incredible aesthetics with multi-scale and multi-color dials. The present Ref. 6034 dates to 1953 - 10 years before the Daytona name would formally grace the flagship sporting model from Rolex.

Preserved in excellent condition, the 'three-color' dial has all the wonderful aging and character that we would expect from an original radium dial of the era. The lumed 'sword' shaped hands have developed and even patina that matches the dial as well. This gently polished 6034 is fitted to a period Rolex 'Expansion-Stretch' Rivited Oyster bracelet which significantly ups the watches charm and wearability. This is a true connoisseurs watch and is ready for those who want to take a deeper cut into the Rolex catalog.


*Some marks or spots on the dial are reflections or dust on the crystal and are due to high intensity strobe lighting used while photographing. They are not actually on the watch or visible in natural lighting.

Stainless Steel 1953 Manual Sport

"As collectors themselves, Oliver and Clarke are on a mission to make buying vintage watches as painless as possible."

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From Rolex & Patek Philippe, to Cartier & Audemars Piguet. As collectors first, we love the small details that separate the Submariner from Daytona and Calatrava from Royal Oak. This is why you'll find our curated assortment spans decades of generations of models and brands. We believe that watches don't just tell time, they tell history - and life is too short to wear a boring watch.

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