Rolex - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: NINE Hong Kong Monday, November 25, 2019 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1978
    Reference No: 6263
    Movement No: 5022
    Case No: 5'529'890
    Model Name: Cosmograph Daytona
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal 727, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet stamped "571" and "78350 19" to the endlinks, max length 200mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex deployant clasp stamped "B"
    Dimensions: 37.5mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Further accompanied by Rolex USA punched Guaranteed, calendar card for the year 1978, document holder, fitted presentation box and outer packaging

  • Catalogue Essay

    Few timepieces strike a balance between sporty and elegant as perfect as a black dial 6263: the architecture of the Oyster case is by now rooted in the collective imaginary as one of the most powerful and versatile case designs in history (and in fact one can find it in dressy timepieces such as the Daydate as well as in sport’s watches such as the present one), and the addition of the screw pushers renders its look more aggressive. The black dial and bezel however grant the piece a mantle of sobriety and restrain that makes this watch an ideal choice both for the boardroom as well as the clubhouse.

    The present example shines even brighter thanks to the beautiful ageing process it underwent, granting it a very subtle ivory patina to the sub registers which further boasts its timeless appeal. Absolutely correct in all of its part - it features MKII pushers and MKIII bezel, as expected from a late 1970s timepiece - it is furthermore complete of its sale accessories. The bracelet is also correct to the piece: ref. 78350 was introduced in 1975, and the clasp stamped “B” identifies it as a 1977 production, perfectly correct for a 1978 watch.

  • 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 extremely well preserved stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with bracelet, guarantee and box

Circa 1978
37.5mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

HK$275,000 - 550,000 

Sold for HK$825,000

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: NINE

Hong Kong Auction 25-26 November 2019