ROLEX PreDaytona « Black Knight » galvanic black dial ref. 6238
One of the approx. 3.600 produced from 1961 to 1968 here in one of its rarest version: the black dial of first generation nicknamed « The Black Knight ». It is said that only about 100 black dials were made. The PreDaytona possesses all the design premices of Rolex’s best seller the Daytona expressed here in a more subtle way. Maybe this is why even James Bond wore one of them in « On Her Majesty’s Secret Service ». It is always a real pleasure to find one of these in such a good condition.
Serial: 1.20x.xxx (1965).
Dial: MK1 black dial in superb condition with the «-T SWISS T-». Tritium plots are all present and the UV test shows they are still perfectly functioning. Original hands including the very rare thin & flat top hand for seconds in the 9 o’clock subdial.
Case: case & lugs are still very thick which is quite unusual for this reference very often too polished. Caseback: 6238 CRS 2 (Charles-René Spielmann, friend of Rolex’s founder Hans Wildorf).
Pushers: original short pump pushers.
Movement: Valjoux 72B with ROW engraved on the bridge (US import mark).
Bracelet: mint condition original elastic oyster bracelet ref.6636 with 57 end links. 12 links total.
Box & papers: original Rolex green box. No papers.