Rolex - The Geneva Watch Auction: XII Geneva Saturday, November 7, 2020 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1986
    Reference No: 6263
    Case No: 9'127'826
    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: 37.5mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex guarantee dated June 1986, a second guarantee, numbered hang tag, product literature, presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Presented in virtually “New Old Stock” condition, this timepiece is the benchmark for any last generation reference 6263 with a silvered "Big Red" dial. Produced towards the end the model’s manufacture period, it has not been altered since it left the Rolex factory over thirty years ago. The last-generation pushers, Oyster Triplock crown and “Big Red” Daytona dial configuration are all characteristics of the final and definitive manual winding Daytona.

    The curved edges of the case, which would have lost definition with the slightest polishing are incredibly impressive. The same can be said about the straight, bold and unidirectional satin finishes on the top of the lugs. With no stretching, the links display straight satin finishes, offering the factory specifications of a Rolex Oyster reference 78350 bracelet.

    Another point of interest is the case back that displays the Rolex sticker. The watch still retains its bracelet seals, and is accompanied by Rolex guarantee dated June 1986, a second guarantee, numbered hang tag, product literature, presentation box and outer packaging.

  • 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. 6263
A highly rare, attractive and pristine stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with bracelet, original seals, guarantee, hang-tag, presentation box and outer packaging

Circa 1986
37.5mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

CHF80,000 - 160,000 

Sold for CHF170,100

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XII

Geneva Auction 6 - 7 November 2020