A rare, well-preserved, and highly attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with original guarantee, presentation box, and bracelet

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1980
    Reference No: 6263
    Case No: 6’294’820
    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, end links stamped 571, max length 210mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex deployant clasp, stamped 78350 G
    Dimensions: 37.5mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, and bracelet signed.
    Accessories: Original Rolex presentation box, guarantee dated 26th May, 1983 and stamped Saddik & Mohamed Attar Co., Jeddah, and product literature.
    Literature: For another reference 6263 please see Ultimate Rolex Daytona, by Pucci Papaleo, pages 380 to 383.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The reference 6263 is one of the most iconic and sought after Daytona Cosmograph watches available. The large case and acrylic bezel give the chronograph a modern and appealing aesthetic that charms both men and women. Introduced in 1969 as the upgraded version of the earlier reference 6240, the new model housed the caliber 727 and featured screw down pushers for enhanced water proof capability. Along with the reference 6265, the stainless steel bezel version of the watch, the two sit proudly in the pantheon of Rolex chronograph history. In fact, Rolex’s latest Daytona, the currently produced modern reference 116500LN, was directly inspired by these vintage “Big Red” Daytona models.

    The present watch is in extraordinary original condition and has a sporty appeal with its multi-colored dial with black matte background, off-white subsidiary dials and red “Daytona” signature at 6 o’clock. The allure of the watch is enhanced with the correct black acrylic bezel, original pushers and Oyster bracelet, complete with original dated guarantee and presentation box. Certain models from a brand often standout more than others, and the Rolex Daytona today is certainly an important watch for collectors. This fine reference 6263 is an excellent example, and will please any savvy connoisseur.

  • 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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Rolex

Ref. 6263
A rare, well-preserved, and highly attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with original guarantee, presentation box, and bracelet

1980
37.5mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement, and bracelet signed.

Estimate
$40,000 - 60,000 
CHF39,900-59,800
€34,700-52,100
HK$314,000-471,000

sold for $105,000

Contact Specialist
Paul Boutros
Head of Watches, Americas
+1 212 940 1293
pboutros@phillips.com

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