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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1977
    Reference No: 6265
    Movement No: 1’234
    Case No: 5’035’062
    Model Name: Cosmograph
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 727, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K yellow gold riveted Rolex Oyster bracelet, endlinks stamped "71", max length 200mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Rolex Oyster deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 37mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Literature: A similar example is featured in Ultimate Rolex Daytona by Pucci Papaleo Editions, page 512.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Rolex Daytona is with no doubt one of the most appreciated and iconic timepieces ever produced by any firm. Since its introduction in the early 1960s, the model has flourished over the course of its manually-wound era. While most examples were encased in stainless steel, yellow gold examples were produced in much lower quantities. While it is essentially closely identical to its stainless steel examples when it comes to design and functionality, the gold hue of the case certainly exudes a completely different vibe somewhere along the lines of bearing just enough flamboyance to still be considered as an elegant and robust timepiece.

    In the early 1970s, Rolex introduced the ref. 6265 together with its counterpart ref.6263 enjoying a lengthy production spanning almost 20 years ending in 1987. Throughout its production span, it is estimated that not over 2,000 examples of the reference were encased in yellow gold. From the late 1970s and onwards, gold examples featured a movement number engraved on the plate behind the balance wheel. Research suggests that this was related to the officially certified chronometer movement. Around this period, Rolex modified the dial layout for gold versions, and the ‘OCC’ designation was printed on the dial.

    The present example Rolex Cosmograph ref. 6265 in yellow gold with a 5 million serial from circa 1977 with an attractive and well-preserved champagne sigma dial is possibly one of the last examples bearing the early variation of the dial before it transitioned to a regular “T SWISS T” dial. Offered in attractive overall condition with all hallmarks intact, the present example will surely garner interest from the community of vintage watch collectors.

  • 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
A very fine, rare and well-preserved yellow gold chronograph wristwatch with bracelet

Circa 1977
37mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

Estimate
HK$780,000 - 1,560,000 
€86,300-173,000
$100,000-200,000

Sold for HK$1,386,000

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2031
[email protected]

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIII

Hong Kong Auctions 25-26 November 2021