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    Sale 12572

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    30 May 2016, Convention Hall

  • Lot 2673

    ROLEX. A FINE AND RARE 18K GOLD CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET

    SIGNED ROLEX, COSMOGRAPH DAYTONA MODEL, REF. 6263, CASE NO. 8'831'741, CIRCA 1985

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    ROLEX. A FINE AND RARE 18K GOLD CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET
    SIGNED ROLEX, COSMOGRAPH DAYTONA MODEL, REF. 6263, CASE NO. 8'831'741, CIRCA 1985
    Cal.727 mechanical movement, 17 jewels, black dial, applied baton numerals, luminous accents, luminous hands, three engine turned subsidiary dials for constant seconds, 30 minutes and 12 hours registers, tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case, black bezel calibrated for 200 units, screw back, screw down crown, two round screw down chronograph buttons in the band, 18k gold Rolex Oyster bracelet and deployant clasp, case, dial and movement signed
    37.5mm diam.: overall length approximately 175 mm.
    US$70,000-100,000


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    Introduced in 1970 and remaining production until 1987, the reference 6263 and 6265 represented Rolexes continued development of a waterproof Daytona following on from the earlier reference 6240. As a combination of the calibre 727 higher frequency movement, the larger crown and screw down pushers and the black acrylic bezel, for many collectors the reference 6263 represent the ultimate configuration of the Daytona.

    Produced in steel, 14K and 18K gold, it was only the precious metal cased version that proudly stated the fact that the movement has been tested Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres for 15 days in 5 different positions at a variety of temperatures. This is announced on the dial with the now iconic phrase, “Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified”, providing a beautiful sense of aesthetic balance and overall harmony to the dial.

    This particular example is notable for its dial which is in fantastic condition, the clear hallmarks to the back of the lugs, matching case back and original 18K gold bracelet.