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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1986
    Reference No: 6265, caseback stamped 6263
    Case No: 8’602’047
    Model Name: Cosmograph Daytona
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 727, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet stamped 78350 & 19, endlinks stamped 571, max length 200 mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex deployant clasp stamped 78350
    Dimensions: 37 mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, bracelet and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied with Rolex Warranty stamped by Rolex New York in June 1986, Rolex green leather fitted presentation box, product literature, Rolex hang tag and outer packaging

  • Catalogue Essay

    The reference 6265 was introduced by Rolex simultaneously with the reference 6263 in 1969. Offered in either stainless steel or gold, the Cosmograph Daytona reference 6265 was in production until 1987.

    Today, reference 6265 has reached a cult-like status amongst watch enthusiasts around the world, due to the watch’s impressive look, technological finesse and presence in popular culture. Most remarkably, the “Daytona” signature was completed in enlarged red font, as seen on the present watch. This attention-grabbing feature is dubbed by watch collectors as “Big Red”, and is highly coveted by collectors. The present watch is a later generation example, and is distinguished by the Oyster triplock 700 series crown - characterized by three raised dots under Rolex coronet, fitted on last productions.

    Adding to its desirability is the excellent condition of this timepiece. It features sharp finishes to the top of the lugs and a well preserved case back. The luminous dots are furthermore all intact and match in tone. Accompanied with warranty, green leather fitted presentation box as well as Rolex hang tag, this lot presents an exquisite opportunity that should not be missed.

  • 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, caseback stamped 6263
A fine and rare stainless steel “Big Red” chronograph wristwatch with bracelet, warranty, hang tag and presentation box

Circa 1986
37 mm diameter
Case, dial, bracelet and movement signed

Estimate
HK$550,000 - 940,000 
€60,800-104,000
$70,500-121,000

Sold for HK$1,075,000

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