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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1972
    Reference No: 6265
    Movement No: 1598
    Case No: 3'607'179
    Model Name: Cosmograph
    Material: 14K yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal.727, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 14K yellow gold Rolex riveted Oyster bracelet, max length 200mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 14K Rolex deployant clasp stamped C I and 75
    Dimensions: 37mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    References 6263 and 6265, were simultaneously launched in the late 1960s to replace the reference 6240 that was the first Oyster Cosmograph with screw down pushers. In production for almost 20 years, the two references were offered respectively with a metal or acrylic insert, either on stainless steel or gold. The present example is part of a very small production, made for the US market and characterized by a 14K yellow gold case and bracelet. Interestingly, a 4-digit number is engraved on the plate behind the balance wheel next to the caliber number. This feature was found on most of the gold examples of the 1970s and 1980s.
    The black dial of this watch is in excellent condition, with fully luminous hour markers along the outer ring, all of which are present and intact. Additionally, the yellow gold subdials have started to age to a pleasing darker shade. Beautifully completed by an original riveted 14K yellow gold Oyster bracelet stamped Rolex USA and CI, the watch exults a subtle but sumptuous style.

  • 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
An extremely attractive 14K yellow gold chronograph wristwatch with black dial and bracelet

Circa 1972
37mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

CHF60,000 - 100,000 

Sold for CHF93,750

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The Geneva Watch Auction: NINE

Geneva Auction 11-12 May 2019