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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1970
    Reference No: 6265
    Case No: 2'330'438
    Model Name: Oyster Cosmograph "Full Champagne Dial"
    Material: 18k yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal 727, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18k yellow gold Oyster bracelet measuring 195mm max, endlinks stamped 71
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k yellow gold Rolex deployant clasp stamped 7205
    Dimensions: 37mm Diameter
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex letter dated 28 October 2008 confirming the champagne dial

  • Catalogue Essay

    It is commonly accepted that Rolex only produced manual winding Cosmographs in yellow gold with either a champagne dial with black registers or black dial with champagne registers, it was unfathomable to many that Rolex would ever deviate from this modus operandi.

    The present Daytona changes scholarship in this field. Similar to the well documented Cosmograph “Albino” in steel with full silver dial (doing without the black registers) the dial of the present yellow gold reference 6265 shines in its full champagne glory doing without black subdials.

    Unlike prototype dials that were subsequently mounted onto watches the dial of the present example is signed and has feet, meaning it was made to be fitted into a watch.

    This theory is furthermore confirmed by a letter dated 28 Oct 2008 from Rolex Germany, where the watch was sent for servicing. The letter states “we can confirm that the watch corresponds to the above data at this time”, the “above data” being a description of the watch with its serial number and the champagne dial (“Champagner K. gelb”) making this watch utterly unique and the only one we have seen in this configuration.

    The letter also indicates that the 2 chronograph pushers are different.

    According to the consignor the watch was bought in the late 1990s/early 2000s from the original owner, a lawyer in the Dortmund (Germany) who had bought it from Rüschenbeck, the Rolex authorized dealer in Dortmund.

    The present scholarship changing timepiece is monumental in its discovery and collectability

  • 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 scholarship-changing yellow gold chronograph wristwatch with bracelet and full champagne dial

Circa 1970
37mm Diameter

CHF200,000 - 400,000 

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XIX featuring the Guido Mondani Collection

Geneva Auction 11 - 12 May 2024