• Rolex Daytona "Lesson One" 50  auction at Christies

    Sale 4002

    Rolex Daytona "Lesson One" 50 exceptional examples of the world's most celebrated chronograph wristwatch

    10 November 2013, Geneva

  • Lot 35

    Rolex. An extremely rare and very attractive 18K gold and diamond-set chronograph wristwatch with bracelet, original guarantee and box


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    Rolex. An extremely rare and very attractive 18K gold and diamond-set chronograph wristwatch with bracelet, original guarantee and box
    Signed Rolex, Oyster, Superlative Chronometer, Officially Certified, Cosmograph, Ref. 6269/6263, case no. 9'676'142, manufactured in 1986
    Cal. 727 mechanical movement, 17 jewels, gilt brushed dial, applied baton numerals with luminous dots, luminous hands, engine-turned black subsidiary dials for constant seconds, 30 minutes and 12 hours registers, tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case, diamond-set bezel, screw back, screw down crown, two round screw down chronograph buttons in the band, 18K gold Rolex Oyster bracelet, case, dial and movement signed
    37.5 mm. diam.

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    With Rolex punched Guarantee dated May 1989.

    1986 , This year Rolex produces approximately 707,000 pieces, engraved with serial numbers from 9.154.000 to 9.861.000.

    Rolex introduces the new reference 6269 and reference 6270, the most luxurious Daytona versions ever produced and manufactured in very limited numbers. These models sport 18K gold cases, featuring bezels embellished with brilliant (Ref. 6269) or baguette (Ref. 6270) cut diamonds.

    Incredible though it may seem, in the 1980s the "jewel watch" is more popular among men than women.
    The female public does not seem to appreciate these precious timepieces. They are considered far too ostentatious to be worn during the day and ladies do not wear sporty timepieces with evening dress. It is quite a different story for male customers. The "jewel watch crowd" is very diverse. Jewelled watches can often be seen on the wrist of Arab and Texan oil tycoons, kings and emperors in exile (such as Faruk and Bao Dai), Hollywood actors and directors. No matter how diverse the members of this crowd are, the common denominator is always the Rolex wristwatch, which in the 1970s asserts its supremacy as a man's status symbol. The undisputed king of this category is ref. 6269, produced in around 30 examples in the 1980s. Its diamond-set bezel and generous gold case demonstrates that the owner is wearing a status symbol nothing short of a masterpiece that catches everybody's eye.

    Reference 6269 and reference 6270 are, in principle, defined by the case design and type of bezel mounted. Reference 6269 always has the diamond set bezel, as shown here, but its left sufficient room for Rolex, its retailers and clients to choose different dial versions. This example beautifully highlights the diamond set bezel without the pavé set dial "stealing the show". This touch of sobriety results in the gold of the case and dial embracing the shiny diamond circle of the bezel, for a simply superb final effect.

    The presence of a gold dial on a reference 6269 is extremely rare compared to the diamond dial. This is because customers of the time who requested a diamond-set Daytona opted for "the bigger the better" philosophy. The desirability of this watch is further enhanced by it provenance. It was part of the Mondani collection, one of the most complete and envied Rolex collections and was sold at the thematic sale "The Mondani Collection of Rolex Wristwatches" on 14th May 2006. This timepiece is also prominently featured in the book "Rolex, Collecting Wristwatches", by Osvaldo Patrizzi, 2001 edition, pp. 460, 461.

    This masterpiece further impresses the connoisseur with its perfect condition and the fact that it is offered complete with its original box and guarantee, adding historical complexity and collectible appeal to this horology treasure.