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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1984
    Reference No: 6263
    Case No: 8'634'336
    Model Name: Cosmograph Daytona
    Material: Stainless Steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 727, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet stamped "571" and "78350 19" to the end links, max length 195mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex deployant clasp stamped "18" and "78350"
    Dimensions: 37.5mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by undated Rolex punched Guarantee, two additional bracelet links, Wempe service card dated October 26, 1987, fitted presentation box and outer packaging

  • Catalogue Essay

    Reference 6263 was in production - together with its metal-bezel sibling reference 6265 - since the late 1960s until 1987. The final evolution of the manual Daytona line, it is considered by many the most representative and iconic reference of the line, incorporating all the details which made the Daytona a masterpiece of design: bezel with black insert bearing a tachymetre scale, screw-down pushers, and the unmistakable Rolex Oyster case.

    The purity of this configuration, especially when it comes in the white dial variation, allows not only for perfect legibility - after all, the Cosmograph was first and foremost a tool for racers - but also grants the timepiece an undeniably enormous aesthetic impact thanks to the black/white chromatic scheme which alternates obviously on the dial, but on the case as well thanks to the black bezel contrasting with the shiny metal. So pleasing and appealing this design is, that in fact it is the obvious inspiration for the universally acclaimed contemporary Daytona model with ceramic bezel.

    The present specimen distinguishes itself for the presence of its original box and Guarantee but especially for the superlative condition of its dial. Without a flaw and still retaining all luminous accents without trace of losses, it is hard to imagine a better preserved Daytona dial.

  • 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. 6263
A fine stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with guarantee and box

Circa 1984
37.5mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

CHF40,000 - 80,000 

Sold for CHF100,000

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The Geneva Watch Auction: NINE

Geneva Auction 11-12 May 2019