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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1972
    Reference No: 6263
    Case No: 3'387'408
    Model Name: Oyster Cosmograph "Big Eye"
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 727, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Rolex Oyster, reference 78350/19, end links stamped 571, max length 205mm.
    Clasp/Buckle: Folding deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 37mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    Reference 6263 was introduced into the market in 1969, and was made in either stainless steel, 14k, or 18k yellow gold. The model was fitted with the Oyster chronograph pushers, and had a bezel with black acrylic insert featuring a tachometer scale printed in white.

    The present Cosmograph is a fascinating example of this reference; the dial is in very good condition and the case retains very good definition to all angles, proof that it has not been over polished. The most noteworthy particularity about this example here are the oversized subsidiary dials, larger than those found on most other examples of reference 6263. What may initially appear to be a very small and subtle difference, changes however the appearance quite considerably. As a result, Rolex Cosmograph collectors have named this rare variant “Big Eye”.

  • 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
A highly attractive and very rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with silvered dial, oversized registers and bracelet

1972
37mm. Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

Estimate
CHF30,000 - 50,000 

Sold for CHF60,000

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Nathalie Monbaron
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Geneva Watch Auction: TWO

Geneva Auction 7 & 8 November 2015 6:30pm