A fine and rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with bracelet and original guarantee

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1979
    Reference No: 6265, inside case back stamped 6239
    Case No: 5'643'902
    Model Name: 'Big Red' Cosmograph Daytona
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Mechanical, 727, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, 180 mm. maximum length
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex folding deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 36.5 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Rolex Garantie dated 28 November 1979.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Reference 6265 was introduced to the market in 1969, and ceased production in 1987. Compared to its predecessors such as reference 6239 or 6241, the model featured screw down pushers, and thus carried the 'Oyster' designation on the dial. The movement was also upgraded from a Valjoux 722 movement, to the more reliable Valjoux 727 movement.

    Among reference 6265's variants, the 'Big Red' dial configuration is very popular among collectors due to its eye-catching appearance. The name is dervied from the red 'Daytona' signature, which is larger in size compared to most examples.

  • 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 6239
A fine and rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with bracelet and original guarantee

勞力士,精細及罕有,不銹鋼鏈帶腕錶,配計時功能,“'Big Red' Cosmograph Daytona”,型號6265,附證書,約1979年製

Circa 1979
36.5 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$180,000 - 250,000 
€21,100-29,400
$22,000-32,000

sold for HK$325,000

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: THREE

Hong Kong Auction 29 November 2016