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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1984
    Reference No: 6265
    Movement No: 14’888
    Case No: 8’602’015
    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", max length 195mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster deployant clasp stamped "A"
    Dimensions: 37mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex outer packaging and fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Released in the late 1960s, the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona reference 6265 was launched together with its sister reference 6263 to replace the short-lived 6240. Being the last reference launched from the manually-wound Daytona era, the reference 6265 featured a metallic bezel similar to its previous reference 6239 and 6262, while the reference 6263 featured a black bezel insert similar to reference 6240, 6241 and 6264. Evolving from its ancestors, the reference 6265 featured screw-down pushers as well as an upgraded cal. 727 beating at 21,600 vph.

    Admired by many due to its vintage appeal with modernized robustness, the reference 6265 in stainless steel is superbly well designed and attractive. Featuring a friendly and well-balanced 37mm diameter oyster case, the reference was available with a matte black dial and a silver sunburst dial for stainless steel examples. With a large and bold “DAYTONA” inscription above the 6 o’clock register, the reference earned its nickname the “Big Red”.

    The present example Rolex Cosmograph Daytona ref. 6265 in stainless steel from circa 1984 with an 8.6 million serial features a matte black dial. Well-preserved boasting an attractive dial with desirable luminous material that has aged consistently together with its hands, this handsome example is perfect for daily wear.

  • 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
A fine, attractive and rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with bracelet and presentation box

Circa 1984
37mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

HK$467,000 - 780,000 

Sold for HK$693,000

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2001

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIII

Hong Kong Auctions 25-26 November 2021