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

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1977
    Reference No: 6265, caseback stamped 6263
    Movement No: 1324
    Case No: 5'035'069
    Model Name: Cosmograph
    Material: 18k yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 727, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18k yellow gold Rolex Oyster, max. length 204 mm, endlinks stamped 71
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k yellow gold folding clasp, stamped 7205 and L4
    Dimensions: 37.5mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: With guarantee, original product literature, Rolex service letters, hangtags, polishing cloth, original leather strap with Rolex 18k yellow gold buckle, presentation box and outer packaging.

  • 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 on average, references 6263 and 6265 are extremely rare and sought after. The present example is fitted with a yellow gold Rolex Oyster bracelet, accompanied by the original Rolex leather strap for versatility. The gold colored dial stands out because of its excellent condition and contrast with the beautifully aged subsidiary dials that have faded to a mouth-watering dark chocolate color.

    The present yellow gold example reference 6265 from 1977 is overall in pristine condition and still retains the seal stickers from its service at Rolex in 2013. This watch is in superb condition and presented with the presentation box, guarantee, booklets, Rolex service papers, hangtags, polishing cloth and additional leather strap. This watch is sure to intrigue all discerning vintage Rolex collectors alike.

  • 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, caseback stamped 6263
An extremely rare and very attractive yellow gold chronograph wristwatch with bracelet, champagne dial, "tropical" subsidiary dials and original certificate

37.5mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

CHF70,000 - 140,000 

Sold for CHF93,750

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Geneva Watch Auction: TWO

Geneva Auction 7 & 8 November 2015 6:30pm