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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1973
    Reference No: 6265; inner caseback stamped 6264
    Case No: 3’821’832
    Model Name: Cosmograph Daytonam, "Big Eyes"
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 727, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, reference 78350, max length 210mm, end links stamped no. 571
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex deployant clasp, stamped DE3
    Dimensions: 37 mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, and bracelet signed
    Accessories: With Rolex blank guarantee punched with matching numbers, Rolex one-year factory service guarantee, product literature and holder

  • Catalogue Essay

    In 1969, Rolex simultaneously launched references 6263 and 6265, replacing the first Oyster Cosmograph - reference 6240. These models were fitted with the Oyster chronograph pushers ensuring water resistance up to 50 meters and the reference 6263 also featured a bezel with black acrylic insert featuring a tachometer scale printed in white. In production for almost 20 years, references 6263 and 6265 were offered in either stainless steel or gold.

    Lovingly dubbed by watch collectors as “Big Eyes”, the dial layout of the present lot is most likely part of a series of test dials as the subsidiary dials are notably larger than those found on other examples. Furthermore, the Rolex Oyster Cosmograph signature is located further from the crown - a detail that is characteristic of the earlier Cosmograph examples.

  • 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. 6265; inner caseback stamped 6264
A very attractive and highly rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with oversized “Big Eye” registers, bracelet and guarantee

Circa 1973
37 mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, and bracelet signed

HK$550,000 - 1,100,000 

Sold for HK$687,500

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Phillips & Blackbird: SPORTS

Hong Kong Auction 27 May 2019