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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1981
    Reference No: 6263
    Movement No: 10'742
    Case No: 6'294'880
    Model Name: Cosmograph Daytona
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 727, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet stamped "78350 19" to the endlinks, max length 195mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex deployant clasp stamped "78350"
    Dimensions: 37.5mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex Guarantee dated November 2, 1981 and stamped by "Juwelier Laufer", green document holder, hangtag, product literature, fitted presentation box and outer packaging

  • Catalogue Essay

    Entering into the 1970s after almost a decade since the very first Cosmograph Daytona reference was introduced, Rolex released two new models via the refs. 6263 and 6265. Replacing its previous references, the new models features several upgrades. Most notably, both new references are now fitted with screw-down chronographic pushers to enhance the waterproof capabilities and robustness of the timepiece. While both references were practically the same with just the difference of the bezel, one metallic and one with a black insert, both new models are powered by the upgraded chronometer certified cal. 727. Later examples of the reference further featured an Oyster Triplock 700 crown.

    The present example ref. 6263 with a black dial bearing an 6.2 million serial is offered in exceptional overall condition and is accompanied by its original Rolex guarantee and its service invoices. The dial especially is a case study in preservation, without losses or degradation to neither the graphics, nor the surface, nor the luminous material.
    Nicknamed the “Big Red” due to its big and vibrant “DAYTONA” inscription above the 12-Hour register, the present timepiece also displays a Mark II bezel insert and Mark II pushers. As these details are upgraded to the Mark III version in the early 1980s - precisely the time when this piece was produced - this is one of the very last examples to bear the MKII details.

  • 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 and extremely well preserved stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with bracelet, Guarantee and box

Circa 1981
37.5mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

CHF50,000 - 100,000 

Sold for CHF132,300

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XIII

Geneva Auction 8 - 9 May 2021