Rolex - The Geneva Watch Auction: SEVEN Geneva Saturday, May 12, 2018 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1976
    Reference No: 6265
    Case No: 3'961'797
    Model Name: Oyster Cosmograph
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 727, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, reference 78350, end links stamped 571, max length 200mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex deployant clasp stamped DE11 and 78350
    Dimensions: 37.5mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed, dial further signed Tiffany & Co
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex Garantie stamped Tiffany & Co, Tiffany & Co. presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    It is remarkable how many attractive features the present 6265 specimen offers to the connoisseur of fine timepieces.

    The most apparent one is of course the exclusive "Tiffany & Co." signature below the usual "Rolex Oyster Cosmograph" designation. Any retailer signature is a very welcome addition to a timepiece, but the Tiffany one even more so given the importance and prominence of the name among luxury brands. Furthermore, the present piece not only is one of the very rare Cosmographs blessed with a Tiffany dial, but also comes accompanied by its original box and guarantee. The Guarantee is indeed stamped by: "Tiffany & Co. 727 Fifth Avenue, New York" - coincidentally, 727 is also the caliber powering this timepiece. To the delight of the most demanding collectors, the box is the original Tiffany one, and it is accompanied by the outer packaging in the iconic "Tiffany Blue" color.

    A much more noteworthy characteristic of this piece reveals itself when examining the watch in full daylight: the subsidiary counters have tropicalized to a subtle aubergine tonality, one of the most elusive tropicalization colors to have been observed so far.

    An additional layer of appeal is revealed by examining the case back, which bears the engraving "H. W. Hobler 12-16-76", a perfect match - down to the dots and the full capitalization - of the name present on the guarantee.

  • 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 very rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with aubergine "tropical" dial, bracelet, guarantee and box, retailed by Tiffany & Co.

Circa 1976
37.5mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed, dial further signed Tiffany & Co

CHF70,000 - 100,000 

Sold for CHF137,500

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The Geneva Watch Auction: SEVEN

Geneva Auction 12-13 May 2018