Rolex - The Geneva Watch Auction: SIX Geneva Friday, November 10, 2017 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1980
    Reference No: 6265
    Movement No: 7'314
    Case No: 6'250'508
    Model Name: Cosmograph "Gold Khanjar"
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 727, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K yellow gold Rolex Oyster bracelet, end links stamped 71, max length 205mm.
    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, product literature and numbered wallet.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Particularly during the 1970s, His Majesty Qaboos bin Said Al Said, the Sultan of Oman commissioned Rolex to produce a highly limited number of watches. These timepieces with often emblazoned with the Khanjar logo, or His Highness' signature either at 6 o'clock, or 9 o'clock. These special order Rolexes ranged from the Submariner, to the Daytona and even the Day-Date model. Watches fitted with "Khanjar" dials were were presented as gifts to the Monarch's closest dignitaries and officials. It was an honor, and sign of respect, to be presented with a Rolex watch depicting the Omani state symbol.

    Many of these watches are cherished by their original owners, hardly worn, and passed down from one generation to the next. As a result, Rolex watches with "Khanjar" or "Qaboos" dials hardly appear on the market.

    His Majesty was born in 1940. Following his ascent to the throne aged 30, the monarch "modernized" the state by launching a series of programs to advance the healthcare, education, and infrastructure systems in Oman.

    The present watch featured the Khanjar logo at 6 o'clock. Printed in gold tones, it compliments the gold graphics incredibly well. The watch itself is preserved in beautiful condition, featuring crisp hallmarks and gold marks underneath the lugs. It is still fitted with its original pushers and bracelet, which retains its 71 end links and its stamped E for 1980. Rarer still is the presence of the factory sticker on the case back. One can surmise the watch has been worn a handful of times only.

    This watch is one of an exceedingly rare number of Cosmographs featuring the Khanjar logo printed in the 6 o'clock sub register.

    Accompanied with its original guarantee, the present watch is among the most impressive Cosmograph watches to have graced the market thus far.

  • 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. 6265
A fine, rare and very attractive yellow gold chronograph wristwatch with bracelet and guarantee, made for the Sultanate of Oman

Circa 1980
37.5mm. Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

CHF150,000 - 250,000 

Sold for CHF275,000

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The Geneva Watch Auction: SIX

Geneva Auctions 11 - 12 November 2017