An exceptionally well-preserved stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with silvered dial, guarantee and presentation box, made for the Peruvian Air Force

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1974
    Reference No: 6263 "El Capitán" inside case back stamped with repeated serial number 3’956’051
    Case No: 3’956’051
    Model Name: Oyster Cosmograph "Fuerza Aérea del Perú”
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 727, 17jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, reference 78350, end links stamped 571, max. length 190mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex deployant clasp stamped OP2
    Dimensions: 37.5mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed, outside case back stamped 553 and Fuerza Aérea del Perú
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex guarantee, wallet and presentation box.
    Literature: The present watch is prominently illustrated in Ultimate Rolex Daytona by Pucci Papaleo Editions, pages 384 to 387.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, Rolex received a number of orders for issued timepieces. These tool watches were often delivered to the military and displayed certain modified specifications. The Peruvian Air Force ordered a number of Daytona watches during this period for high ranking members of the military.

    This reference 6263 is one such special issued watch. The case back is engraved "Fuerza Aérea del Perú", along with the three digit code ‘553’ which is very lightly engraved on the bottom of the case back. Most “FAP” three digit codes have been rubbed out with general wear, yet this one remains crisp. There is a small hole on the outer case back, near the ‘teeth’. This hole was used to secure the case back while Rolex stamped the markings. Most importantly, the inside case back is stamped with a repeated case back number, another sign of a special order watch.

    This remarkable military watch is accompanied by its original guarantee and fitted presentation box. Considering that it was supposed to be worn daily under extremely harsh conditions, it’s surprising and remarkable that the original owner painstakingly kept all the original accessories. The overall case condition is quite astounding. Featuring original Mk 2 pushers and Mk 1 bezel, it displays sharp edges and satin finishes to the top of the lugs.

  • 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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Ref. 6263 "El Capitán" inside case back stamped with repeated serial number 3’956’051
An exceptionally well-preserved stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with silvered dial, guarantee and presentation box, made for the Peruvian Air Force

Circa 1974
37.5mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed, outside case back stamped 553 and Fuerza Aérea del Perú

Estimate
CHF100,000 - 200,000 

sold for CHF137,500

Contact Specialist
Tiffany To
Head of Sale
+41 22 317 96 63
tto@phillips.com

Daytona Ultimatum

Geneva Auction 12 May 2018