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    Sale 1417

    Rare Watches Including Nautilus 40 Part II

    14 November 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 245

    Rolex. A very fine and rare 18K gold chronograph wristwatch with champagne dial and bracelet


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    Rolex. A very fine and rare 18K gold chronograph wristwatch with champagne dial and bracelet
    Signed Rolex, Oyster, Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified, Cosmograph, Ref. 6265/6263, case no. 6'123'313, manufactured in 1979
    MOVEMENT: manual, cal. 727, 17 jewels
    DIAL: champagne, applied gold baton numerals with luminous accents, luminous hands, three engine-turned black subsidiary dials for constant seconds, 30 minutes and 12 hours registers
    CASE: 18K gold, tonneau-shaped, bezel calibrated for 200 units, screw back, screw down crown, two screw down chronograph buttons in the band, 37.5 mm. diam.
    SIGNED: case, dial, movement
    BRACELET/CLASP: 18K gold Rolex Oyster riveted bracelet, endlinks stamped 71, deployant clasp, overall approximate length of bracelet 180 mm.

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    A cornerstone of a serious Rolex collection, reference 6265 is distinguished by its metal bezel with tachymeter scale, screw down chronograph buttons and caliber 727 movement. The present example is the most lavish iteration of this model: in 18K gold with champagne dial and gold bracelet. The bracelet itself is the rare version with riveted links and endlinks stamped 71, considered by the Rolex collecting community a collectible on its own. The alternation between the central polished link and outer brushed links adds flair and movement to the ensemble.

    The layer of oxidation noticeable between the chronograph pushers and crown is the telltale mark of a watch which spent most of its life in a safety deposit box. Another testament to the care the present timepiece has seen throughout its life is the presence and crispness of all the three stamps under the lugs. As it often happens with Rolex, the case back bears a different reference number than the case: 6263. This is because the specifications of the case back for the two references are exactly the same, and thus the company was inclined to mount whatever case back was available during final assembly. The stamp CRS stands for the case maker Charles-René Spielmann. Manually wound Daytonas were discontinued in favor of the automatic versions in 1987.

    This lot represents a rare opportunity to acquire a most appealing and exclusive manual gold Daytona.

    For a detailed description and illustrations of various examples of the reference 6265 see I Cronografi Rolex-La Legenda, Pucci Papaelo Editore, pp. 336-349.