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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1969
    Reference No: 6265
    Case No: 2’330’414
    Model Name: Oyster Cosmograph
    Calibre: Manual, cal.727, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K yellow gold Rolex Jubilee bracelet, stamped 6311, end link 56, max length 185mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Rolex folding deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 37 mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex guarantee dated June 6 1979 and Rolex green folder

  • Catalogue Essay

    Replacing the first Oyster Cosmograph model 6240, Rolex concurrently introduced the references 6263 and 6265 in 1969. Compared to the first generation of the Cosmograph Daytona, these upgraded models feature screw down pushers and thus carries the "Oyster" designation on the dial. Cosmograph Daytonas cased in yellow gold are today extremely sought after due to its rarity and majestic look. It is believed that only about 2000 yellow gold examples were created during its production run.

    The present example made in 1969 is one of the earliest reference 6265 produced. Most strikingly, early Cosmograph Daytona examples do not contain the now iconic “Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified” (SOSC) designation. Instead, the dial is signed “Rolex Oyster Cosmograph” which is dubbed by vintage Rolex enthusiasts as the “3 liner”. Adding another element of collectability, a hallmark stamped C, signifying Caracas – the capital city of Venezuela, is situated on the top right corner of the lugs. The Garantie of the present watch was stamped by M&A Mundlak, a retailer in Caracas.

    The fact that this model is in yellow gold adds extra distinction to one of the most iconic sports chronographs in the history of horology. The exceptionally well-preserved yellow gold case is complemented by a beautiful champagne-colored dial with black subsidiary registers.

  • 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
An extremely rare and incredibly attractive yellow gold chronograph wristwatch with “3 Liner” dial, bracelet and original certificate

Circa 1969
37 mm. Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$1,170,000 - 2,340,000 
€129,000-258,000
$150,000-300,000

Sold for HK$1,462,500

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

Ziyong Ho
Specialist
+852 9386 2032
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Jill Chen
Specialist
+852 2318 2033
[email protected]

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: SEVEN

Hong Kong Auction 27 November 2018