Rolex - The Watch Auction: One Geneva Saturday, May 9, 2015 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1973
    Reference No: 6263, stamped 6265 inside the case back
    Case No: 3'590'478
    Model Name: Oyster Cosmograph
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, 727
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless Steel buckle
    Dimensions: 37mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Literature: For another reference 6263 with tropical registers, please see Ultimate Rolex Daytona, by Pucci Papaleo, pages 380 to 383

  • Catalogue Essay

    The second generation of 6263 and 6265 have serial numbers between 3 million and approximately 4.3 million, of which the present example is an excellent specimen. They feature the new steel pushers (referred to as MK2) with the internal Rolex code 24-P301-0 and the new 701 winding crown, recognizable by the 3 small dots underneath the Rolex coronet. The example here is preserved in very attractive condition and still features a part of the now faded sticker to the case back, a rarity by itself. It enjoys a unique look thanks to its excellent soleil finished dial, wonderfully contrasting with the cappuccino brown subsidiary dials. The luminous dots as well as the luminous material on the hour and minute hand are all complete and intact and have taken a warm uniform beige tone.

  • 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, stamped 6265 inside the case back
A fine and rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with "tropical" registers

37mm. Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

CHF40,000 - 80,000 

Sold for CHF75,000

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The Watch Auction: One

Geneva Auction 10 May 2015 6:30pm