Rolex - The Geneva Watch Auction: XII Geneva Saturday, November 7, 2020 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1978
    Reference No: 6265
    Case No: 5'528'968
    Model Name: Oyster Cosmograph Daytona "Big Red"
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 727, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, max length 190mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 37mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex guarantee, product literature, presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Reference 6265 was introduced to the market in approximately 1969 and ceased production in the late 1980s. The model features screw down pushers and thus carries an "Oyster" designation on the dial. It is powered by caliber 727, a Rolex upgrade of Valjoux caliber 72 and the final evolution of this movement (following cal. 72A, 72B, 722, and 722-1). From the late 80s, with reference 16520, Rolex started to employ an El Primero based movement in the Cosmograph.

    This highly exceptional reference 6265 displays all the features one looks for in a Cosmograph Daytona. Preserved in exceptional condition, the case is most probably unpolished and displays sharp finishes on the top of the lugs. Factory finishes are all present, and the case has been untouched and worn sparingly throughout its lifetime. The dial is as immaculate as the case - there are barely any signs of wear present, and all luminous dots are present and intact, perfectly matching the hands. As an even added layer of desirability, the watch is accompanied by its original guarantee, product literature and presentation box, bringing the present watch to a new level of collectibility.

  • 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 highly rare, attractive and exceedingly crisp stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with guarantee and presentation box

Circa 1978
37mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

CHF70,000 - 140,000 

Sold for CHF107,100

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Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Watches, Continental Europe and the Middle East

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XII

Geneva Auction 6 - 7 November 2020