A very attractive and rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with “tropical” brown subsidiary dials and bracelet

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1971
    Reference No: 6264, inside caseback stamped 6239
    Case No: 2’752’228
    Model Name: Cosmograph Daytona
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 727, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet stamped 7835, 19, endlinks stamped 271, max length 200mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster deployant clasp stamped "2,71"
    Dimensions: 37mm Diameter
    Signed: Dial, case, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    Launched in the late 1960’s along with its counterpart reference 6262, the 6264 was the last to feature round “pump” chronograph pushers. Differentiating from the 6262, it features a black acrylic bezel insert rather than a solid stainless steel bezel featured in the 6239 and 6262. In production for only three years, the reference is one of the rarest out of all and produced in 14K yellow gold, 18K yellow gold and stainless steel. It is believed that approximately only 1,700 examples were encased in stainless steel. Furthermore, both references launched were fitted with the new upgraded caliber 727. The caliber 727 was proved to be significantly more precise than the previous caliber 722 with an increase from 18,000 to 21,600 vibrations per hour.

    The present example is a stainless steel reference 6264 fitted with a clean silvered dial featuring coffee brown “tropical” subsidiary dials. Presented in excellent overall condition with crisp case edges and lugs further charmed by the excellent condition of the bracelet, this present piece is highly desirable for lovers of vintage chronograph wristwatches. With the reference alone already one of the rarest, this is a fantastic opportunity to acquire an excellent and well preserved example of a reference 6264 with very attractive “tropical” subsidiary dials.

  • Maker Bio

    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. 6264, inside caseback stamped 6239
A very attractive and rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with “tropical” brown subsidiary dials and bracelet

勞力士,「Cosmograph Daytona」型號6264,精鋼鏈帶腕錶,備計時功能、「tropical」棕色子盤,約1971年製

Circa 1971
37mm Diameter
Dial, case, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

Estimate
HK$390,000 - 780,000 
€45,100-90,300
$50,000-100,000

sold for HK$1,125,000

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
thomasperazzi@phillips.com
+852 2318 2030

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: NINE

Hong Kong Auction 25-26 November 2019