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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1979
    Reference No: 6263
    Case No: 5’847’038
    Model Name: Cosmograph Daytona, “Big Red”
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 727, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet stamped 78350 & 19, endlinks stamped 571, max length 185 mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 37.5mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present lot is an exclusive trophy of triumph, speed and extraordinary fervor, both literally and figuratively speaking. This particular example is special and exceptional as the caseback is engraved with “1st Place – 1981 Rolex – J.B. Hudson Classic”, which was most likely presented as a gift or a memento for achieving the 1st place at the Hudson Cup in 1981.

    Extremely rare and irresistibly eye-catching, this particular stainless steel chronograph ref. 6263 with “1st Place – 1981 Rolex – J.B. Hudson Classic” case back, to our best knowledge, appears at public auction for the very first time. The ref. 6263 is arguably one of the most iconic manually wound chronograph wristwatches ever manufactured by Rolex, which was launched together with the ref. 6265 at the beginning of the 1970s. The only major difference which separates the 6263 and the 6265 is the bezel insert.

    The present Cosmograph Daytona is, by all means, a supreme grail for serious Daytona enthusiasts. The condition of the watch is excellent as there are no indications of heavy wear. For Rolex enthusiasts, the present lot is a highly collectible and exhilarating specimen as it perfectly represents the spirit of Rolex and what the brand proudly stands for – vigor, victory and vivacity.

  • 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. 6263
An attractive and extremely rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with “1st Place – 1981 Rolex – J.B. Hudson Classic” case back and bracelet

Circa 1979
37.5mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

HK$400,000 - 780,000 

Sold for HK$775,000

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Phillips & Blackbird: SPORTS

Hong Kong Auction 27 May 2019