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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1979
    Reference No: 6263
    Movement No: 5332
    Case No: 5'996'799
    Model Name: Cosmograph Daytona
    Material: 18k yellow gold
    Calibre: Mechanical, 727, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18k yellow gold Rolex Oyster bracelet, 195 mm. maximum length
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k yellow gold Rolex folding deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 37.5 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Literature: For another example of a yellow gold reference 6263, please see The Ultimate Rolex Daytona by Pucci Papaleo, pages 368 and 369.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Reference 6263 was launched in 1969 replacing the first Oyster Cosmograph model 6240. The yellow gold Rolex Cosmograph Daytona was in production for almost 20 years and it is believed that approximately 2000 pieces were made. The present watch, manufactured in 1979 almost 40 years ago, has been retained in very original condition.

  • 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 fine and rare yellow gold chronograph wristwatch with champagne dial and bracelet

Circa 1979
37.5 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$620,000 - 850,000 
€74,600-102,000
$80,000-110,000

Sold for HK$800,000

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2030
[email protected]

Ziyong Ho
Specialist
+852 9386 2032
[email protected]

Jill Chen
Specialist
+852 2318 2033
[email protected]

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: FOUR

Hong Kong Auction 30 May 2017