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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1983
    Reference No: 6265
    Case No: 7’426’468
    Model Name: Cosmograph Daytona “Big Red”
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 727, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet stamped “78350,19”, endlinks stamped “571”, max length 190mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster deployant clasp stamped “PJ2”
    Dimensions: 37mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex instruction manual, product literature, green card holder, green passport holder, outer packaging and fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Released towards the end of the 1960s, the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona ref. 6265 was the last model to feature a manually-wound caliber before Rolex introduced the ref. 16500 series in 1989. Marking an end to an exciting era, the ref. 6265 featured various upgrades from its older models such as the ref. 6239 and 6241. Fitted with a reliable Triplock 702 crown with 302 screwed-down pushers, the waterproof capabilities of the timepiece is further enhanced. Lastly, together with its sister ref. 6263 the upgraded caliber 727 beating at 21,600 vph elevates its level of precision compared to its older caliber 722 beating at 18,000 vph.

    The present example Rolex Cosmograph Daytona ref. 6265 in stainless steel fitted with a “Big Red” dial in silver with black registers bearing a correct 7.4 million serial number from circa 1983 is certainly a very decent example of the reference. Featuring all period correct parts the present example displaying a well-preserved dial is perhaps the main attraction.

  • 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. 6265
A very fine, well-preserved and rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with bracelet and presentation box

Circa 1983
37mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

Estimate
HK$430,000 - 580,000 
€46,300-62,400
$55,100-74,400

Sold for HK$1,108,800

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2031
[email protected]

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XII

Hong Kong Auctions 5-6 June 2021