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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1987
    Reference No: 6263
    Movement No: 18'310
    Case No: R'328'716
    Model Name: Cosmograph Daytona
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 727, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K yellow gold Rolex Oyster bracelet, end links stamped 71, max length 200mm.
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Rolex folding deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 37.5mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex punched Guarantee dated 1 December 1987, additional crocodile leather strap, 18K yellow gold buckle, product literature, wallet, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.
    Literature: Another example of a yellow gold reference 6263 is illustrated in Ultimate Rolex Daytona by Pucci Papaleo, pages 368 and 369.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present watch, manufactured in the final year of reference 6263's production, is characterized by its extraordinary condition. Most probably unpolished, the case retains incredibly crisp hallmarks and sharp edges. One can even see a clear definition to the case where the right edge becomes flat and extends towards the crown. The watch is furthermore accompanied with its original guarantee, stating the watch was retailed at Rob. Engstrom AB, Stockholm, which a stamped with country code 267, for Sweden.

    The watch retains its green factory sticker to the case back, original pushers, bezel and period correct bracelet, which is fitted with 71 end links and is stamped K9 for 1986.

    Reference 6263 was introduced to the market approximately in 1969, and ceased production in 1987. While the reference was mainly cased in stainless steel, very small amounts were also manufactured in yellow gold. Reference 6263 was in production for almost 20 years, yet scholars approximate that no more than 2000 examples were cased in gold.

    From the early 1980s and onwards, gold Cosmograph Daytonas featured a movement number engraved on the plate, behind the balance wheel. Research suggests that this was related to the officially certified chronometer movement. Around this period, Rolex modified the dial layout for gold versions, and the "Officially Certified Chronometer" designation was printed on the dial, which we see on the present example.

  • Artist Biography

    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. 6263
A fine, rare and exceptionally well-preserved yellow gold chronograph wristwatch with bracelet, guarantee and fitted presentation box

1987
37.5mm. Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

Estimate
CHF80,000 - 120,000 
€69,100-104,000
$82,600-124,000

Sold for CHF168,750

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The Geneva Watch Auction: SIX

Geneva Auctions 11 - 12 November 2017