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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1979
    Reference No: 6263
    Movement No: 10’818
    Case No: 6’047’298, inside caseback stamped 6263
    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 185mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster deployant clasp stamped “EO11”
    Dimensions: 37mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex guarantee stamped Kirk Freeport Plaza Ltd, Grand Cayman dated 28th April 1987, product literature, original invoice, 1982-1983 calendar card, outer packaging and fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    One to behold, the ref. 6263 has become one of the most sought after models by collectors in recent times due to its timeless aesthetics and robust appeal. Differing from early examples of the reference, later examples bore a cal. 727 with chronometer certification confirmed by the presence of a movement number stamped on the baseplate above the “727” designation. According to our research, it is estimated that 1,000 examples of the refs. 6263 and 6265 were produced annually from 1969 till the end of its production in 1989, making them rare timepieces to come across today. From 1975 onwards, the dial featured the iconic "Big Red" configuration with "Daytona" printed prominently above the 6 o'clock register in red printing.

    The present Rolex Cosmograph Daytona ref. 6263 fitted with a silvery white dial with black registers is adorned with the desirable “Big Red” “Daytona” designation above the 12-Hour register. Accompanied with its original guarantee and presentation box, the present example from circa 1979 is nothing short of a delight.

  • 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. 6263
A rare and attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with bracelet, guarantee and presentation box

Circa 1979
37mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

HK$300,000 - 500,000 

Sold for HK$1,071,000

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2001

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XII

Hong Kong Auctions 5-6 June 2021