A fine, rare and well-preserved yellow gold chronograph wristwatch

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1980
    Reference No: 6263
    Movement No: 10'244
    Case No: 6'043'891
    Model Name: Cosmograph Daytona
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 727, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Rolex pin buckle
    Dimensions: 37.5mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Literature: Another example of a yellow gold reference 6263 is illustrated in Ultimate Rolex Daytona by Pucci Papaleo, pp. 368 and 369.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The evolution of the Cosmograph Daytona is legendary. Over its 60-plus year life span, it has become an icon amongst chronographs for its strong masculine case, and classic sporty style. The references 6263 and 6265 were introduced into the market in approximately 1969, as an upgrade to the 6240, the first Daytona to feature screw down pushers. It is believed only 100 examples of both references in yellow gold were made each year, thus over its nearly 20 year run, only a very limited number were produced.

    From the early 1980s and onwards, gold Cosmograph Daytonas featured a movement number engraved on the plate, behind the balance wheel. Research suggests that this was related to the officially certified chronometer movement. Around this period, Rolex modified the dial layout for gold versions, and the "Officially Certified Chronometer" designation was printed on the dial, which we see on the present example.
    There is something about sports watches dressed in gold livery.

    Whereas the steel version of the reference 6263 oozes with pure coolness the yellow gold version, like the present lot has a somewhat sotto voce sophistication and subdued glamour.

  • 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. 6263
A fine, rare and well-preserved yellow gold chronograph wristwatch

Circa 1980
37.5mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

Estimate
CHF70,000 - 120,000 
€60,000-103,000
$74,100-127,000

sold for CHF125,000

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