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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1986
    Reference No: 6265
    Movement No: 16’286
    Case No: 9’334’422
    Model Name: Cosmograph Daytona
    Material: 18k yellow gold
    Calibre: Mechanical,727,17jewels
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k yellow gold Rolex Oyster bracelet, 179 mm. maximum length, end links stamped 71
    Dimensions: 37.5 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Rolex punched guarantee dated 3 April 1986, sales tags, wallet, product literature, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.
    Literature: For another example of a reference 6265 in yellow gold, please see Ultimate Rolex Daytona by Pucci Papaleo, page 453.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Reference 6265 was introduced to the market approximately in 1970, and ceased production in 1987. While the reference was mainly cased in stainless steel, limited amounts were also cased in 18k or 14k yellow gold. Reference 6265 was in production for almost 20 years, yet no more than 2000 examples were cased in gold.

    From the early 1980s 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.

    Of particular note is the guarantee, with punched country code for Hong Kong (400), stating the watch was retailed at Zurich Watch Co. We are delighted that this watch has returned home, thirty years since its original sale, ready to be cherished by its next owner.

    John Goldberger's Opinion

    This example, among the very last batch of 6265s ever made, is preserved in excellent condition with sharp edges and deep hallmarks to the back of the lugs. The case back displays a crisp milled finish.
    The matte black dial contrasts wonderfully with the gold graphics, and the luminous dots are perfectly formed. The watch retains its original pushers and bezel, along with punched guarantee, sales tag and fitted presentation box, which is all complete and original.

  • 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 very rare yellow gold chronograph wristwatch with bracelet, original guarantee, sales tags and fitted presentation box

Circa 1986
37.5 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

HK$480,000 - 960,000 

Sold for HK$775,000

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Rolex Milestones: 38 Legendary Watches That Shaped History

Hong Kong Auction 28 November 2016