Rolex - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIV Hong Kong Friday, May 27, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Condition Report

  • Description

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1985
    Reference No: 6265
    Movement No: 15’489
    Case No: 8’878’649; inside caseback stamped 6263
    Model Name: Cosmograph
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 727, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K yellow gold riveted Rolex Oyster bracelet, endlinks stamped “57”, max length 190mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Rolex Oyster deployant clasp stamped “3.68”
    Dimensions: 37mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Rolex Cosmograph ref. 6265 was introduced to the market approximately in 1970 and ceased production in 1987. While the reference was mainly cased in stainless steel, limited amounts were also cased in 18k or 14k yellow gold. Reference 6265 was in production for almost 20 years, yet no more than 2000 examples were cased in gold.

    From the early 1980s and onwards, gold examples featured a movement number engraved on the plate, behind the balance wheel. Research suggests that this was related to the officially certified chronometer movement. Around this period, Rolex modified the dial layout for gold versions, and the ‘OCC’ designation was printed on the dial. Gold versions were released with two dial options, champagne and black.

    The present Rolex Cosmograph ref. 6265 in 18K yellow gold with an 8.8 million serial from circa 1985 featuring a black dial is a handsome example. According to our research, this is the first example known to the public market in gold within the 8.878 case serial range. With an enhanced vintage appeal, the case displays minor patina indicating its long duration of non-usage. Boasting a clean dial and an attractive case with an early riveted Oyster bracelet, this is a nice example for collectors of rare vintage timepieces to take a closer look at.

  • 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 yellow gold chronograph wristwatch with bracelet

Circa 1985
37mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

Estimate
HK$1,000,000 - 1,500,000 
€117,000-176,000
$128,000-192,000

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Contact Specialist

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

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIV

Hong Kong Auction 27 - 28 May 2022