1963 Rolex Dato Compax (Ref. 6036) "SOLO" Jean-Claude Killy
An extraordinary watch in its own right; The Rolex Ref. 6036, often referred to as the "Jean-Claude Killy" is a wristwatch size mass of mechanical complications and advancements that is downright awesome. The Rolex Dato-Compax reference line features a full triple-date calendar complication that coincides a chronograph function. Made famous through the popular belief that multi-decorated Olympian, Jean-Claude Killy, wore the Dato-Compax as his timepiece of choice. However, no actual evidence has been found or documented to confirm this relationship. In fact, Killy was on Rolex's board of directors for 40+ years and was featured in a number of advertisements. Not for the Dato-Compax however, but for another famous Rolex mechanical starlight, the Explorer 2 (Ref. 1655), better known as the "Steve McQueen Watch" where in fact like the Killy Steve McQueen was never seen wearing and was never known to actually have owned a Rolex Ref. 1655 Explorer 2.
Through the shroud of mystery and heritage revolving the origin of the Dato-Compax's limelight, the one true common denominator for this watches hierarchy is the thorough execution and precision not unexpected by Rolex. Featuring a Valjoux 72c based movement, it is obvious Rolex had their play in bringing this movement caliber up to a higher expectation of watchmaking precision.
This triple day-date, calendar, chronograph is a juggernaut complication concealed in a compact stainless steel case. The Dato-Compax was originally offered in pink gold, yellow gold, and stainless steel. The push buttons to the left, control the day-date and calendar complications, whilst the pump pushers to the right control the chronograph function. The crown performs in the usual fashion, which unscrews to set the minute and hour hands. Normally at close watch by the collectors that call the Killy their own, rarely do see a Dato-Comapax reference breach the open market. This one, in particular, is in lovely form, with a charming patina that is only obtained when passed through generations of concerned collectors. Creating a one of a kind wrist presence to be enjoyed for generations to come.
Rolex Oyster Stretch
CASE & BRACELET
This unique and interesting case features holes on a single side, remaining completely solid on the other. The case has been previously polished but remains thick with factory finishing still slightly present. The brass calender pushers remain original, as well as the chronograph pump pushers. The watch retains the original "Super Oyster" crown, in superb condition. The "patented" case back is stamped 6036. The later Rolex oyster rivet bracelet with 557 end pieces remains unpolished, showing little wear and slight to no stretch. There is a light engraving in the caseback that we have closen to leave intact in order to preserve the integrity and history of the piece.
DIAL & HANDS
This specific dial is sometimes referred to as a "Solo" dial due to the fact that the dial only bears the words Rolex under the coronet and lacks the text "Oyster Chronograph" which makes this specific dial variant for the ref. 6036 uncommon and very unique! The compact and highly visible "SWISS only" dial features a blue outer minute track date register, inner minute track 60-second tachymeter, 3 chronograph subdials, with a day and month windows. The dial has aged to a very warm ivory coloration and does show some wear. The blue steel date and subdial hands remain original to the watch and show some corrosion. The seconds register subdial features an era correct "skinny" subdial hand. The alpha minute and minute hands remain in excellent vintage condition. The minute hand does exhibit some lume loss and the hour hand appears to have been restored at some point. The lume plots in the dial remain mostly intact, showing slight degradation which is consistent throughout.
None. The watch is keeping time and when placed on a timing scope is running within spec. The extended service history of the watch is unknown.