A very fine and rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with bracelet, guarantee and box

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  • Condition Report

  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1980
    Reference No: 6263, repeated inside caseback
    Movement No: 13’663
    Case No: 6’412’361
    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”, endlinks stamped “571”, max length 205mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster deployant clasp stamped “I10”
    Dimensions: 37.5mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Further accompanied by Rolex guarantee dated 12th May 1981 stamped Gerhard D. Wempe Frankfurt/Main, instruction manual, product literature, green suede pouch, outer packaging and fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Praised and admired by many not many timepieces are able to achieve the perfect balance between elegance and practicality like the Rolex ref. 6263. The era of the manually wound Cosmograph Daytona started with the pump pusher ref. 6239 in the early 1960’s, featuring for the first time a tachymeter scale on the metallic bezel.

    In the beginning of the 1970’s, Rolex updated their Daytona model with the introduction of two new references 6263 & 6265, which would be the last references of the “manually-wound era” of the coveted Daytona. Aesthetically, Rolex has kept much of a similar appeal and design of the dial. The new models featured upgrades such as the new caliber 727 differing from the caliber 722 used in the ref. 6239, the reintroduction of the screw-down pushers to enhance waterproof capabilities and later examples of the reference fitted with an updated Oyster Triplock 700 crown. The references were both discontinued in 1987, making way for the new ref. 16520.

    The present example ref. 6263 fitted with a black dial from circa 1980 bearing a 6.4 million serial is a refreshing example with period correct Mark II bezel with Mark II pushers. Presented in attractive overall condition featuring a well-preserved “Big Red” dial, it is further accompanied by the original Rolex guarantee dated 1981 and its original fitted presentation box.

  • Artist 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. 6263, repeated inside caseback
A very fine and rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with bracelet, guarantee and box

Circa 1980
37.5mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

Estimate
HK$300,000 - 500,000 
€35,800-59,600
$38,500-64,100

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