1966 Rolex Chronograph Pre-Daytona (Ref.6238) 18K YG

The Rolex reference 6238 is frequently referred to as the “Pre-Daytona,” but it merits attention outside any comparisons to the later much better-known reference 6239. The Rolex Ref 6238 is a very important intersection in Rolex history as it marked the introduction of the more modern and streamlined look in the early 1960s, starting a look for the brand that would only marginally change over the next 30 years. The dial shows this evolution most precisely. It abandoned the tri-color style of its predecessors as can be seen in references 6034 and 6234, instead opting for a uniform finish of either silver or black. 

The 6238 is a watch reserved for the person who dives into the details and appreciates every aspect of a watch, especially its lineage. This piece demonstrates class and sophistication quietly while remaining eye-catching to those who understand the small minute intricacies which make this reference great. 

Stock # RLXCG6238-3
Brand Rolex
Style Chronograph (Pre- Daytona)
Model 6238
Serial 14XXXXX
Size Men's
Material 18k YG
Dial Silver
Millimeters 36
Bracelet 2pc Handmade Leather Strap



The beautiful and strong 18k yellow gold case appears to have been only slightly polished in the past, retaining full and symmetrical lugs that shows minimal signs of use. The smooth 18k yellow gold bezel remains unpolished and exhibits light, honest signs of use. The case retains its original yellow gold pump pushers and twin-lock crown. All of the original case hallmarks remain deep and crisp. The watch will come supplied on a 2pc handmade leather strap.


The silver sunburst dial is in remarkably clean condition, showing no signs of aging or wear through the dial itself and the sub-dials. The tritium lume plots remain full and round, without degradation and have taken on a handsome creamy golden patina. The original tritium hands match the dial perfectly and exhibit no degradation when inspected under U.V. light.


None. The watch is keeping time and functionally flawlessly, previous service history is unknown.