Circa: 1958
Movement: Manual, Cal. 72, 17 jewels
Dial: Silvered, baton numerals with luminous accents, luminous hands, outer date ring with blue numerals, central date hand, two windows for day and month in English, three subsidiary dials
Case: Stainless steel, screw back, screw-down crown, two round buttons and two setting buttons in the band, inside case back stamped 6236, 36mm diam.
Bracelet/Clasp: Rolex Oyster stainless steel bracelet, stamped 2 59 and 57 to the endlinks, overall approximate length 8 inches

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Lot Essay

The highly collectible Rolex Oyster triple calendar chronograph watches, which are also known as Dato Compax models, consist of four different series. Famed French Olympic skiing legend and Rolex enthusiast Jean-Claude Killy has sported a Dato Compax in the past and the model family hence has been dubbed by watch enthusiasts the "Jean-Claude Killy". The three earlier series of the Dato Compax model were given reference numbers 4767, 5036 and 6036.

Reference 6236, such as the present watch, is the final version of the model. It was in production between 1958 and 1962 and is easily identifiable by the larger bezel compared to its predecessors. In fact, the case of reference 6236 is made of three elements, the bezel no longer carved from the same block as the centre piece of the case. The dial displays a charismatic, uniform ivory-colored patina and has aged well in its 60+ year lifetime.

Highly attractive, the alliance of the three-piece stainless steel case, prominent bezel, white dial with steel indexes is widely understood as being the most sought-after variant of the chronograph.

Very well preserved, the timepiece boasts superb aesthetics, with an unrestored dial and stainless steel case of superb proportions. The wristwatch can be considered an absolute trophy watch for the Rolex Collector

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