A fine and very rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with bracelet

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1971
    Reference No: 6263, inside case back stamped 6262
    Case No: 2'916'856
    Model Name: Daytona
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Mechanical, 722-1, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, 155 mm. maximum length
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex folding deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 37.5 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Literature: For another example of a Solo Rolex, however reference 6240, please see The Ultimate Rolex Daytona by Pucci Papaleo, pages 320 and 321.

  • Catalogue Essay

    This reference 6263 is a very appealing and well preserved example. It is fitted with an extraordinary dial that embodies its distinctive mark of originality. The most important and eye-catching feature is the absence of the 'Cosmograph' writing underneath the signature. This dial is known as the 'Solo'. Preserved in excellent condition with original pushers, the present watch carries a 2.9 million serial number, which would indicate manufactured in 1971. Scholars and the market agree that 'Solo' dials are usually found on chronographs with a 1.2 to 1.8 million serial number. It is entirely possible that the present watch left the Rolex factory in this way due to the relatively small serial number difference.

  • 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. 6263, inside case back stamped 6262
A fine and very rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with bracelet

勞力士,精細及罕有,不銹鋼鏈帶腕錶,配計時功能,“Daytona”,型號6263,約1971年製

Circa 1971
37.5 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$480,000 - 700,000 
€56,400-82,200
$60,000-87,000

sold for HK$675,000

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: THREE

Hong Kong Auction 29 November 2016