A fine and rare 14k yellow gold chronograph wristwatch

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1980
    Reference No: 6265
    Movement No: 10503
    Case No: 5'465'478
    Model Name: Cosmograph Daytona
    Material: 14k yellow gold
    Calibre: Mechanical, 727, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Brown Rolex reptile leather strap
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k yellow gold Rolex buckle
    Dimensions: 37 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    This wonderful 14k yellow gold Daytona is really a marvel to behold. Preserved in immaculate condition, the present watch features all the hallmarks of a legendary Daytona.

    Firstly, the watch has been kept in pristine condition. The factory satin finishes to the top of the lugs are still very evident, and all edges are very crisp. All gold marks and hallmarks are extremely legible under the lugs, and the case back still retains its milled finish. Even the pushers are all original and are straight from the factory. The gilt graphics within the subsidiary dials complement this 14k gold Daytona further. There is a slight tarnish to the top right lug which gives this watch so much character.

    Finally, this watch is cased in 14k gold, as opposed to the more commonly found 18k yellow gold. This denotes that the watch was made for the American market. Examples of reference 6265 cased in 14k gold are very rare to come by, and to find such an original example is equally rare.

  • Maker Bio

    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. 6265
A fine and rare 14k yellow gold chronograph wristwatch

勞力士,精細及罕有,14K黃金腕錶,配計時功能,“Cosmograph Daytona”,型號6265,1980年製

1980
37 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$500,000 - 800,000 

sold for HK$625,000

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2030
thomasperazzi@phillips.com

Ziyong Ho
Specialist
+852 9386 2032
ziyongho@phillips.com

Jill Chen
Specialist
+852 2318 2033
jillchen@phillips.com

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