Rolex Daytona 'Pre Production'
At Pride & Pinion, we are proud to present a 1952 Rolex Chronograph, reference 6034 for sale. This is a manual watch with a 36mm case and a beautiful steel case held to the wrist by a stretch Oyster bracelet and covered by its plexi glass lens. Selling at “watch only”, please contact staff at The Vault for further information and price.
Many famous buildings, from the Pyramids of Egypt to the Colloseum in Rome and right up to the modern era have been built on designs which had gone before and had been perfected over time, ultimately arriving at the spectacular wonders which we can now enjoy today.
In just the same way, the iconic Rolex Daytona which we know and admire today had a forerunner and this was the Rolex Chronograph Reference 6034. This watch, the precursor of the Daytona was produced from the early 1950’s and was worn by Racing drivers before the production of the Daytona.
The Rolex chronograph ref 6034 was popular among drivers due to the inclusion of different-coloured tachymeter and telemeter markings on the dial- for measuring speed and distance respectively. Additionally, the watch features three subsidiary dials at the 3, 6, and 9 o’clock markers that display constant seconds, thirty-minute, and twelve-hour counters.
This package of features, coupled with Rolex’s reputation for producing top-quality sport watches, made it an excellent choice for drivers. In 1953, LeRoy Neumayer wore a reference 6034 when he broke the land speed record at 233 miles per hour, further cementing the connection between Rolex and auto racing.