Rolex - The Geneva Watch Auction: XVI Geneva Saturday, November 5, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1979
    Reference No: 6265 inside caseback stamped 6263
    Case No: 6'047'554
    Model Name: Cosmograph Daytona "White Khanjar"
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 727, 17jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Oyster bracelet reference 78350 19, endlinks stamped 571, max length 200mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 37mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present Rolex Daytona Cosmograph impresses by its incredible state of preservation with a case that is most probably unpolished and an immaculate dial with crisp round lume plots.

    However, where the watch reaches the highest peaks in terms of collectability is the presence of the highly coveted and extremely rare white Khanjar emblem on the subdial at 6 o’clock.

    Watches fitted with "Khanjar" dials were made on special request from His Majesty Qaboos bin Said Al Said, the Sultan of Oman, and presented as gifts to his closest dignitaries and officials. Research and scholarship suggests that the Sultan commissioned most of his watches in the 1970s. It was an honor, and sign of respect, to be presented with a Rolex watch depicting the Omani state symbol. Many of these watches are cherished by their original owners, and passed down from one generation to the next.

    His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said (1940-2019) was known also for his own formidable watch collection and his passion for horology. His Majesty ascended to the throne at age 30 following studies under the President of India and military training at the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst, England, his reign was one of great success. With revenues received from oil sales, he drove transformational advances in healthcare, education, and infrastructure.

    Only a very few number of Rolex Cosmographs bearing the “Khanjar” have appeared on the market highlighting the utter rarity of the model. In fact, the present example is only the 2nd Rolex Daytona Cosmograph "Khanjar" in stainless steel sold by Phillips. The previous example was a reference 6263 sold at the “Daytona Ultimatum” theme auction of May 2018 for above CHF 1.2 million.

    The superb condition and rare dial configuration make the present watch an absolute must have for the savvy collector.

  • 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 inside caseback stamped 6263
A superbly well preserved and rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with bracelet, made for the Sultanate of Oman

Circa 1979
37mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

CHF150,000 - 300,000 

Sold for CHF289,800

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XVI

Geneva Auction 5 - 6 November 2022