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

Sale price$37,850.00 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.

The example that we have here features a strong case housing a three-color dial has all the wonderful aging and character that we would expect from an original radium dial of the era. The luminous 'sword' hands have developed a gorgeous, even patina that matches that of the dial, which has applied indices and both tachymeter and telemeter scales. This piece comes fitted to a period 'stretch-rivet' Oyster bracelet with a signed blade clasp.

This is a connoisseurs watch and is ready for those who want to take a deeper cut into the Rolex catalog.

Stainless Steel 1953 Manual Sport

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

"The company focuses on good prices for its pieces, elite customer service and full transparency."

"The appointment-only space is inviting, with comfortable seating areas and exposed brick walls."

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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