A very attractive and rare yellow gold chronograph wristwatch with guarantee, invoice and box

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1979
    Reference No: 6265 stamped 6263 inside the caseback
    Case No: 6'121'118
    Model Name: Oyster Cosmograph
    Material: 18k yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 727, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18k yellow gold Rolex riveted Oyster bracelet, end links stamped 71, max length 200mm.
    Clasp/Buckle: Folding deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 37mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by fitted presentation box with outer packaging, Rolex punched guarantee confirming the sale of the present watch on March 19th, 1987 and the original invoice

  • Catalogue Essay

    References 6263 and 6265 were both launched in 1969, replacing the first Oyster Cosmograph model 6240. The yellow gold Rolex Cosmograph Daytona with screw-down pushers was in production for almost 20 years, and it is believed that approximately 2000 pieces were manufactured.
    The reference 6263 and 6265, were nearly identical in almost every way with the exception of their bezels. The 6263 was fitted with an acrylic tachymeter bezel, while the more sporty 6265 featured an engraved metallic tachymeter. As these bezels were easily interchangeable, oftentimes customers would request their dealers to replace the bezels based on their sensibilities when originally purchased. Research finds that the original owner indeed requested the original bezel of this 6265 be replaced with the 6263’s acrylic bezel prior to purchasing the watch on March 19th, 1987. Fitted on its original riveted Oyster bracelet and accompanied by the original Rolex punched guarantee and sales invoice, this watch is sure to please the discerning collector.

  • Maker Bio

    Rolex

    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 stamped 6263 inside the caseback
A very attractive and rare yellow gold chronograph wristwatch with guarantee, invoice and box

1979
37mm. Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

Estimate
CHF70,000 - 100,000 
€64,300-91,800
$72,100-103,000

sold for CHF100,000

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