A rare and attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with brown "tropical" registers and bracelet

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1971
    Reference No: 6265 inside case back stamped 6262
    Case No: 3'055'568
    Model Name: Oyster Cosmograph
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 727, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex C&I bracelet, max length 195mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex deployant clasp stamped 1.75
    Dimensions: 37mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    Launched in approximately 1969, reference 6265 was produced alongside its sibling reference 6263. Thanks to improvements to the screw down pushers and crown, the chronograph wristwatch was now water resistant and featured an "Oyster" designation printed on the dial.

    Displaying a dial that has toned down to a rich tobacco tone, this reference 6265 is preserved in excellent condition. While each subsidiary register has aged slightly differently, it gives the watch a very charismatic, singular and unmistakably honest appearance. Still retaining its original Mk 2 pushers, the case is crisp and sharp. As with early generation reference 6265s, the inside case back displays 6262 as Rolex used leftover casebacks from earlier Cosmographs.

  • Maker Bio

    Rolex

    Swiss • 1905

    Founded in 1905 England by Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis as Wilsdorf & Davis, it soon became known as the Rolex Watch Company in 1915, moving its headquarters to Geneva in 1919. Like no other company, the success of the wristwatch can be attributed to many of Rolex's innovations that made them one of the most respected and well-known of all luxury brands. These innovations include their famous "Oyster" case — the world's first water resistant and dustproof watch case, invented in 1926 — and their "Perpetual" — the first reliable self-winding movement for wristwatches launched in 1933. They would form the foundation for Rolex's Datejust and Day-Date, respectively introduced in 1945 and 1956, but also importantly for their sports watches, such as the Explorer, Submariner and GMT-Master launched in the mid-1950s.

    One of its most famous models is the Cosmograph Daytona. Launched in 1963, these chronographs are without any doubt amongst the most iconic and coveted of all collectible wristwatches. Other key collectible models include their most complicated vintage watches, including references 8171 and 6062 with triple calendar and moon phase, "Jean Claude Killy" triple date chronograph models and the Submariner, including early "big-crown" models and military-issued variants.

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Ref. 6265 inside case back stamped 6262
A rare and attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with brown "tropical" registers and bracelet

Circa 1971
37mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

Estimate
CHF40,000 - 60,000 
€35,200-52,800
$41,000-61,500

sold for CHF68,750

Contact Specialist
Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Sale
+41 22 317 81 89
aghotbi@phillips.com

The Geneva Watch Auction: EIGHT

Geneva Auction 10-11 November 2018