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

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1986
    Reference No: 6263
    Movement No: 7'149
    Case No: 9'323'644
    Model Name: Cosmograph Daytona
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 727, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K yellow gold Rolex Oyster bracelet, max length 210mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Rolex deployant clasp stamped K6
    Dimensions: 37.5mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    This reference 6263 cased in yellow gold is a very impressive example, and most notably features a dial displaying "Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified". During the early 1970s, Rolex began to submit their yellow gold Cosmographs for chronometer certification. While the very first examples displayed an "Oyster Split" designation, later examples, such as this particular configuration displayed the COSC designation directly below "Rolex Oyster". Adding to its charm and desirability, these subsidiary registers have started to show a hint of becoming tropical and are turning a deep espresso tone.

    Possibly unpolished, the present watch displays all factory finishes, from the crisp finishes on the top of the lugs, to the multi faceted bezel, and even the crisp hallmarks beneath the lugs. The razor-sharp edges, along with contrasting polished and brushed finishes are impressive.

  • Artist Biography

    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
An extremely impressive and possibly unpolished yellow gold chronograph wristwatch with bracelet

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

Estimate
CHF100,000 - 200,000 
€103,000-206,000
$100,000-200,000

Sold for CHF201,600

Contact Specialist

Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Watches, Continental Europe and the Middle East
+41 22 317 81 81
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Tiffany To
Head of Sale, Geneva
+41 22 317 96 63
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The Geneva Watch Auction: XVI

Geneva Auction 5 - 6 November 2022