Rolex - Geneva Watch Auction: TWO Geneva Saturday, November 7, 2015 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1987
    Reference No: 6265, stamped 6263 inside caseback
    Movement No: 18'066
    Case No: R328'827
    Model Name: Oyster Cosmograph
    Material: 18k yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, 727, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k yellow gold Rolex buckle
    Dimensions: 37mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex guarantee, product literature, pouch, polishing cloth and hangtag

  • Catalogue Essay

    Rolex simultaneously launched references 6263 and 6265 in 1969, replacing the first Oyster Cosmograph model 6240. The yellow gold Cosmograph Daytona with screw-down pushers was in production for almost 20 years, with no more than 2000 examples made in total.

    As there were only roughly 100 examples made per year, references 6263 and 6265 are rare. The present example is fitted with a brown Rolex leather strap with a yellow gold Rolex buckle. The dial stands out because of its condition with a gorgeous matte color contrasting nicely with the gilt text, perfect luminous markers, and aged subsidiary dials with hues of copper. The case is immaculate, with perfectly crisp lugs and well-defined hallmarks on the lugs.

    The present yellow gold reference 6263 from 1987 is quite possibly the finest to hit the market, as it is considered to be new-old stock and in unworn condition, still retaining the green Rolex sticker on the caseback. This watch is presented with the original guarantee, pouch and tag, making it an attractive example for discerning collectors.

  • 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, stamped 6263 inside caseback
An extremely attractive and virtually mint yellow gold chronograph wristwatch with guarantee, pouch and hangtag

37mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

CHF70,000 - 120,000 

Sold for CHF110,000

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Geneva Watch Auction: TWO

Geneva Auction 7 & 8 November 2015 6:30pm