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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1971
    Reference No: 6265, inside case back stamped 6262
    Case No: 2'874'442
    Model Name: Cosmograph Daytona
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Mechanical, 727, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, 190 mm. maximum length
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex folding deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 36.5 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement
    Literature: For another example of a Daytona 6265 with tropical registers, please see Ultimate Rolex Daytona by Pucci Papaleo, pages 456 and 457.

  • Catalogue Essay

    This very attractive Rolex Daytona reference 6265 has a 2.8 million serial number and is considered a first series. The case back is further stamped 6262 reconfirming that the watch is part of the first 6265 produced.

    The most striking aspect of this watch is the dial. The silvered soleil dial is enhanced with tropical registers that have turned a milk chocolate brown, which gives this Daytona a sense of style and refinement. Further attention should also be given to the original pushers, bezel and the overall original and extremely well preserved condition. This watch, in additional to these striking attributes, is fresh to the market and a beautiful example of an original, early and correct reference 6265.

  • 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, inside case back stamped 6262
A fine and very rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with bracelet and tropical registers

Circa 1971
36.5 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement

HK$460,000 - 640,000 

Sold for HK$575,000

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: FOUR

Hong Kong Auction 30 May 2017