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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1971
    Reference No: 6263 inside case back stamped 6262
    Case No: 2’804’095
    Model Name: Oyster Cosmograph
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual ,cal.727, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, end links stamped 271, max length 190mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 37.5mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    Offered by the original owner, this fresh to market reference 6263 was bought at an official Rolex retailer in Hong Kong in the early 70s.

    References 6263 and 6265 were launched in 1969 and succeeded the outgoing 6240, the first Oyster Cosmograph model. Thanks to the redesigned screw down buttons and crown, these models were now guaranteed water resistant for 50 meters. The most striking detail of this Cosmograph model is the dial. Over time, it has turned from black to a harmonious and rich chocolate brown tone, contrasting against the white accents. It is remarkable how the dial has aged in such an even manner. Quite interesting to mention that the inside case back has been hand engraved with the full case number between “Patented” and “Stainless Steel”, like mostly seen in Rolexes delivered to Worldwide Minister of Defence or private companies (e.g. Comex).

    Another example has been sold by Phillips Geneva in “Geneva Watch Auction:One” sale lot 188, featuring a similar tropical dial.

    Its gorgeous appeal, makes this timepiece today an extraordinary treasure even for the most demanding collector.

  • 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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Property from the Original Owner

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Ref. 6263 inside case back stamped 6262
A rare and attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with "tropical" dial and tachymeter bezel

Circa 1971
37.5mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

Estimate
HK$390,000 - 624,000 
€43,100-68,900
$50,000-80,000

Sold for HK$1,125,000

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: SEVEN

Hong Kong Auction 27 November 2018