The Last Rolex Chronograph With Tachymeter Printed on Dial

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Rolex Reference 6238 Vintage Gold Chronograph (photo: Phillips)
With the popularity of Rolex's Cosmograph Daytona model, it's hard to imagine another chronograph model from the watchmaker. However, the chronograph shown above (Reference #6238) is known as a 'Pre-Daytona' because this reference preceded the now iconic Daytona model. One of the distinguishing features of this vintage model is the tachymetric scale printed on the dial instead of the bezel. This is the last chronograph made by Rolex with that feature, making it a rare and coveted vintage timepiece for collectors.

Close Up of Rolex Reference 6238 Chronograph (photo: Phillips)
It's remarkable how one design feature can change the face of a watch. Looking at the close up above makes the differences between the 6238 and the Daytona model even more apparent. This 14k yellow gold chronograph features a 36 mm case with pushers at 2 and 5 o'clock. The silver sunburst dial provides a wonderful compliment to the gold case and hour markers. This particular model, sold at a Phillips auction last year for 81,250 Swiss francs, is in great condition given its age. It is even more rare because of its gold case, with most examples of Pre-Daytonas in stainless steel.

Crown and Pushers of Rolex Reference 6238 (photo: Phillips)
The side view shows the minimal wear around the lugs and the crown. The crown has the characteristic Rolex crown logo in relief and the lugs on this model still maintain their sharp edges. It was sold with its original box and papers dated 1969. The original release of this particular reference was in 1968. For more information on this vintage timepiece, visit


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