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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1974
    Reference No: 6265 "The Pintabian"
    Case No: 4’018’043
    Model Name: Oyster Cosmograph
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal.727, 17jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, end links stamped 371, max. length 200mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 37mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Literature: The present watch is illustrated in Ultimate Rolex Daytona by Pucci Papaleo Editions, page 86.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Completely fresh to the auction market, this wristwatch is one of the most impressive and stunning examples to appear in the public eye. There are a number of particularities that truly distinguish this 6265 from its peers.

    A sight to behold, the case is preserved in positively untouched condition. This fact cannot be disputed: the razor-sharp edges, defined lugholes, contrasting polished and brushed finishes are undoubtedly ‘factory quality’. Rarer still is the presence of the original factory sticker on the case back, having survived intact for over forty years. Furthermore, the Mk 2 pushers, also known as “24-P301”, are original, as is the bezel.
    Especially noteworthy is the dial. Displaying “Rolex Oyster Cosmograph”, this ‘three liner’ configuration is correct for the 4 million serial number.

    The subsidiary registers have toned down to a beautiful and rich chocolate shade over time. The contrast against the silvered dial is stunning. It is extraordinary how the registers have aged so evenly. Most importantly, the white graphics within the registers remain bright, clear and not mottled, showing that the counters have aged naturally, and have not been tampered with. The luminous dots are furthermore intact and perfectly round on the dial and match the hands.

    Nicknamed “The Pintabian”, the striking contrast between the chocolate ‘tropical’ subsidiary registers and the silvered dial is uncannily similar to that of the renowned part-Arabian horse breed.

  • 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 "The Pintabian"
An extraordinarily well-preserved stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with silvered dial displaying chocolate ‘tropical’ registers and bracelet.

Circa 1974
37mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

CHF100,000 - 200,000 

Sold for CHF187,500

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Daytona Ultimatum

Geneva Auction 12 May 2018