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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1986
    Reference No: 6263
    Case No: 8'831'959
    Model Name: Oyster Cosmograph Daytona
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 727, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, reference 78350, 19, end links stamped 571, max. length 180mm.
    Clasp/Buckle: Folding deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 37.5mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by presentation box, Rolex guarantee, original hangtag, Rolex polishing cloth and two extra bracelet links. Furthermore, this watch is presented with a certificate from Beyer in Zürich.
    Literature: For a similar example see Ultimate Rolex Daytona, Pucci Papaleo Editore, pg. 448-451

  • Catalogue Essay

    References 6263 and 6265 were both launched in 1969, replacing the first Oyster Cosmograph model, reference 6240. Thanks to the use of screw down pushers and a redesigned crown, these models were now guaranteed water resistant for 50 meters.
    The present lot is an especially desirable example of a reference 6263 and has survived in stunning original condition with its original Rolex guarantee, presentation box, and certificate of authenticity letter from Beyer.
    Fitted with a matte black dial with off-white sub-dials and its correct black acrylic bezel, the combination blends perfectly with the steel case. Found above the 6 o’clock register is the sought after big red “DAYTONA” logo. Completed with its original Oyster bracelet, this understated watch is sporty and sophisticated, making it the ideal watch for any occasion.

  • 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 very rare and highly attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with black dial and bracelet, accompanied by presentation box, guarantee, and certificate from Beyer in Zürich

37.5mm. Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

CHF30,000 - 50,000 

Sold for CHF60,000

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Geneva Watch Auction: FOUR

Geneva Auctions 12 – 13 November 2016