An attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with bracelet

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1983
    Reference No: 6265
    Case No: 7'627'871
    Model Name: Cosmograph Daytona
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 727, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, end links stamped 557, max length 180mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex deployant clasp stamped R5
    Dimensions: 37mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    Reference 6265 was launched simultaneously with reference 6263 in 1969, replacing the first Oyster Cosmograph, reference 6240. These Cosmograph Daytonas with screw-down pushers were in production for almost 20 years, and were offered in either stainless steel or gold. Today, reference 6265 has reached a cult-like status among collectors, due to its presence in popular culture and the media.

    The present watch is a later generation example, and is distinguished by the excellent condition of its case. It features sharp finishes to the top of the lugs and a crisp case back. The luminous dots are furthermore all intact.

  • 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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Rolex

Ref. 6265
An attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with bracelet

Circa 1983
37mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

Estimate
CHF20,000 - 30,000 
€17,100-25,700
$21,200-31,800

sold for CHF52,500

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

The Geneva Watch Auction: SEVEN

Geneva Auction 12-13 May 2018