1955 Rolex Chronograph Pre-Daytona (ref.6034)
This piece is a true collector, for a number of reasons. It's a rare reference 6034, 1955 Pre-Daytona chronograph, with a charming dial, big registers, and wonderful patina. This piece is also offered with an original Rolex Oyster Stretch Rivet bracelet that is is immaculate condition for its age.
The Rolex chronograph was especially popular with drivers due to the presence of different colored tachymeter and telemeter markings, for measuring speed and distance respectively. The new Daytona no longer has the telemeter, and the tachymeter markings are now on the bezel instead of the face, giving this piece a more subtle look. At the 3, 6, and 9 markers three subsidiary dials display constant seconds, thirty-minute, and twelve-hour counters. This was also the watch LeRoy Neumayer was wearing when he broke the land speed record at 233 miles per hour.
The caliber 72 mechanical movement contains 17 jewels and has a monometallic screw balance and an in-line escapement, with a manual movement. The choronograph function is utilized with the two round push buttons surrounding the crown.
The 6034 was offered in stainless steel, and 18k yellow or pink gold (the later of which Eric Clapton recently sold at auction). Both the watch movement and case are antimagnetic, and the screw down case back and crown are water resistant.
Anyone with enough money can buy a Daytona, one of Rolex's most iconic watches, but the 6034 is what paved the way. This piece demonstrates a more thorough understanding of the chronogrpah and the history of Rolex itself.
|Chronograph (Pre- Daytona)
|Rolex Oyster Stretch
The case is in superb original condition, unpolished and showing few signs of gentle use. The crown is the original super-oyster (non screw down) and the 6034 case was produced in short production and ran for a few years only. This watch will be supplied on the original Rolex Oyster Stretch rivet bracelet that is stamped 55 on the clasp matching the production year, and comes complete with the fixed "60" end links that are specific to this era of Rolex Chronograph. The original crystal has been replaced with a NOS crystal as the old crystal yellowed but will be provided with the watch at final sale.
The dial of this Pre-Daytona Ref. 6034 chronograph is absolutly charming! Excellent 3 (red, black, blue) color anti-magnetic dial with light and even age, with correct hands which are also in stunning condition. The dial also possesses the more rare and sought after sunken gilt pyramid hour markers/ and the sub dials at the 3, 6, and 9' o'clock positions display constant seconds, thirty-minute, and twelve-hour counters. Dial condition is 9.5/10 in over all condition showing crisp fonts, color, and markers. Absolute stunning collectors example rare for a watch of this vintage.