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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1973
    Reference No: 6265
    Case No: 3'602'130
    Model Name: Oyster Cosmograph
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 727, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, reference 7835, end links stamped 371, max length 175mm.
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex folding deployant clasp stamped 4.68
    Dimensions: 37mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    Reference 6265 was introduced to the market in 1969, and ceased production in the late 1980s. Compared to first generation examples of the Cosmograph Daytona, 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.

    The present watch most notably features an attractive "Sigma" dial. The 'T Swiss T' signature, situated at the bottom of the dial, is flanked by the "sigma" notation, which denote that the markers are made in white gold. Research and scholarship suggests this notation appeared on Rolex dials in the early 1970s.

    The dial itself is preserved in wonderful condition, with silver graphics that contrast with the black background. The luminous has aged with warm patina that match the hands, and the subsidiary registers are free of imperfections and scratches.

    The case too is equally compelling. Featuring original pushers and sharp finishes, the watch is preserved in excellent overall condition.

  • Artist Biography


    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
A fine and rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with "sigma" dial and bracelet

Circa 1973
37mm. Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

CHF30,000 - 60,000 

Sold for CHF50,000

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The Geneva Watch Auction: FIVE

Geneva Auctions 13 – 14 May 2017