A very fine and rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with bracelet

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: circa 1971
    Reference No: 6262 caseback stamped 6239
    Case No: 2'733'483
    Model Name: Cosmograph Daytona
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. Valjoux 727, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, reference 7835 19, end links stamped 371, max length 205mm.
    Clasp/Buckle: Folding deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 37mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    The successor of the reference 6239, the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona reference 6262 was launched at the beginning of the 1970s. In production for only a few short years, it’s one of the rarest of all Daytona references. Reference 6262 brought aesthetic and mechanical changes to the Daytona line, including updated lugs and a new, more accurate movement. With its pump pushers, steel bezel, and silver soleil dial with black subdials, the present lot gives a new meaning to "laid back elegance". It looks as good on the wrist on a night out attending the opening of La Tosca at Milan's La Scala or sipping a cocktail on the shores of Capri whilst admiring the sunset.

  • 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. 6262 caseback stamped 6239
A very fine and rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with bracelet

circa 1971
37mm. Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

Estimate
CHF20,000 - 30,000 
€18,400-27,500
$20,600-30,900

sold for CHF30,000

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The Geneva Watch Auction: FOUR

Geneva Auctions 12 – 13 November 2016