Hi everyone. I am new to this brand, but I am learning much today. I have posted the following question to a couple other Rolex sites today, and although I am getting good responses, nobody has the answer quite yet.
Here are links to the original threads in case you want to read what has already been said:
My original post is below:
My wife and I recently inherited several items from her deceased grandfather, one of which is the Rolex pictured in the attached images. Until yesterday I knew nothing about Rolex (except the general vague notions shared by most of the public). However, I now have this extraordinary watch in my hands, and I am trying to identify it... a task which has proven much more difficult than I imagined it would, since It does not appear to conform to any of the most commonly referenced models/pictures I have seen online.
Here is what I THINK I know about it so far:
1) It is a real Rolex (not a fake) (I could be wrong about this of course)
2) The band is 14k gold and the case is 18k gold. (this was told to me by the local ye-olde watch-fixit-shoppe here in town... the owner of which seemed quite keen to take the watch off my hands :comeandge )
2) It appears to look generally like a 60's model Daytona, but has some distinct differences... the general spacing of the dials, the lack of the word "Daytona" on the face, the apparently rare spelling of "Oyster Chronographe" (with an E on the end) and "Anti-Magnetique" (With a Que) on its face, more numbers on its sub-dials than a regular Daytona, no BOLD numbers on the main dial, and slight differences in the hands, crown symbol and face markers.... it has been suggested on the other sites that it could be a limited edition Ref. 6234 or 6238, but I have looked at many examples of those models, and neither has quite enough in common for me to say it is one or the other, or either of them definitively.
3) Because of the differences noted above, I believe this watch to be a late 50's to early 60's "pre-Daytona" model.... although I have not been able to find a single watch online which conforms perfectly to this one.
4) The closest match for this watch that I HAVE been able to find is this one: Eric Clapton's Rolex Chronograph: A Chance To Own A Rock Legend's Classic.Wristwear - Blog - Hodinkee Although you will note some differences: That watch appears to have a printed crown emblem, not gold like mine, and it has intersecting underlayed printing (The outer numbers intersect with, and can be seen through, the smaller dials) on the face, whereas this one does not.
So.... Have at it. Anyone know PRECISELY what I have here?