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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1979
    Reference No: 6265
    Case No: 6'223'496
    Model Name: Oyster Cosmograph Daytona
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 727, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, reference 78350 19, end links stamped 571, max length 195mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex folding clasp
    Dimensions: 37.5mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Rolex Daytona reference 6265 like the present model or its sister reference 6263 with acrylic bezel hardly need an introduction. Amongst the most popular and coveted vintage chronograph models, these references have become benchmarks.

    Launched in the late 1960s, references 6263 and 6265 replaced the first Oyster Cosmograph model, 6240. Reference 6265 was introduced to the market in 1969 precisely and ceased production in the late 1980s. Compared to the first generation of the Cosmograph Daytona, the model featured screw down pushers and thus carries the "Oyster" designation on the dial, offering water resistance. The model was offered in either stainless steel or gold and the movement was also upgraded from a Valjoux 722 movement to the more reliable Valjoux 727 movement.

    The present model in superb condition has 11 characters printed on its dial that will certainly make the hearts of Daytona collectors beat even faster. Found beneath the “Oyster Cosmograph” script at 12 o’clock is the prestigious “Tiffany & Co.” retailer signature.

    Adding to its ultimate desirability is the wonderful condition of this timepiece. The case may have never been polished, the lugs are thick, the bevels crisp and the combination of brushed and polished surfaces intact.

    To most vintage Rolex collectors, a reference 6263 Oyster Cosmograph Daytona represents a must have due to its superb aesthetics, legibility, and wearing comfort. To find one with such a dial, adorned with the prestigious Tiffany & Co. signature, presents an extraordinary opportunity that should not be missed.

  • 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 rare and very well preserved stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with black dial and bracelet, retailed by Tiffany & Co.

Circa 1979
37.5mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

CHF80,000 - 160,000 

Sold for CHF106,250

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The Geneva Watch Auction: SEVEN

Geneva Auction 12-13 May 2018