A very rare and attractive yellow gold chronograph wristwatch with bracelet

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1979
    Reference No: 6265
    Movement No: 6'415
    Case No: 5'953'726
    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 205mm.
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Rolex deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 37mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    A gold manual wind Cosmograph Daytona is unconventional and idiosyncratic. Originally created as a tool watch stainless steel was the obvious metal of choice, the gold livery consequently transforms the watch into a debonair bombastic piece of awesomeness.

    Launched in approximately 1969, reference 6265 was produced alongside its sibling reference 6263, made for less than 20 years it is believed that less than 2000 gold versions of the 6263/6265 were made in either 18k or 14k yellow gold.

    From the late 1970s early 1980s and onwards, gold examples featured a movement number engraved on the plate, behind the balance wheel, this was related to the officially certified chronometer movement. Around this period, Rolex modified the dial layout for gold versions, and the ‘SCOC’ designation was printed on the dial.

    An already rare and beautiful timepiece, it is further enhanced by the original color of the subdials that have turned a very unusual black/purple hue, the case is also in wonderful condition with strong lugs and crisp proportions, a pleasing oxidation has developed on the case flank where the pushers and crown are, proof that the watch has not been worn in a very long time.

    A very coveted watch in steel, the gold habit adds not only extra rarity but a pinch of luxury and elegance to the Cosmograph Daytona.

  • 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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Rolex

Ref. 6265
A very rare and attractive yellow gold chronograph wristwatch with bracelet

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

Estimate
CHF60,000 - 90,000 
€52,800-79,200
$61,500-92,200

sold for CHF118,750

Contact Specialist
Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Sale
+41 22 317 81 89
aghotbi@phillips.com

The Geneva Watch Auction: EIGHT

Geneva Auction 10-11 November 2018