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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1970
    Reference No: 6264, inside case back stamped 6239
    Case No: 2’750’768
    Model Name: Cosmograph Daytona
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 727, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, stamped 7835 19, end links stamped 271, max overall length 195mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex deployant clasp, stamped 2.71
    Dimensions: 36.5mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, and bracelet signed.
    Accessories: With Bucherer presentation box, original Rolex Guarantee stamped Bucherer AG, dated Sept 18, 1973, and product literature

  • Catalogue Essay

    Introduced in the late 1960s, the reference 6264, along with its companion model, reference 6262, was the last Rolex Daytona model to feature round “pump”-style chronograph pushers. With the release in 1969 of the references 6263 and 6265, Rolex committed to the screw-down pushers for enhanced water resistance. The 6264 is amongst the rarest of all Daytona references with a production span of approximately three years. Produced in stainless steel, 18K and 14K gold, there are believed to be only approximately 1700 examples in stainless steel. Housed with the upgraded caliber 727, the model was the successor to the reference 6241 with a black acrylic bezel and white tachometer graduation.

    The present example is sure to attract passionate connoisseurs both for its excellent overall condition with sharp milling to the case back, beautifully preserved outline and crisp factory finish to the underside of the lugs, as well as the exceptional “tropical” silver dial featuring subsidiary dials that have aged to a uniform and beautiful dark chocolate brown tone. Fresh-to-the-market and consigned by the original owner, the watch is enhanced with the original Bucherer presentation box and Rolex Guarantee stamped by the prestigious Swiss retailer. Vintage Daytona Cosmograph watches are one of the most desirable timepieces in today’s collectors’ watch market. The present lot presents a rare opportunity to own of the most sought after references, made even more desirable with its superb dial, original owner provenance, exceptional state of preservation, and completeness.

  • 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. 6264, inside case back stamped 6239
A very rare and attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch “tropical” brown registers and bracelet, retailed by Bucherer, accompanied with presentation box, original booklet, and guarantee

36.5mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, and bracelet signed.

$40,000 - 80,000 

Sold for $100,000

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STYLED. Timeless Watches & How to Wear Them

New York Auction 5 December 2018