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Rolex. An extremely rare and attractive 18K gold, diamond and sapphire-set chronograph wristwatch with bracelet<BR>
SIGNED ROLEX, COSMOGRAPH, REF. 6269, CASE NO. 9'676'144, MANUFACTURED IN 1988<BR>
Rolex. An extremely rare and attractive 18K gold, diamond and sapphire-set chronograph wristwatch with bracelet
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Rolex. An extremely rare and attractive 18K gold, diamond and sapphire-set chronograph wristwatch with bracelet

SIGNED ROLEX, COSMOGRAPH, REF. 6269, CASE NO. 9'676'144, MANUFACTURED IN 1988

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Rolex. An extremely rare and attractive 18K gold, diamond and sapphire-set chronograph wristwatch with bracelet
Signed Rolex, Cosmograph, ref. 6269, case no. 9'676'144, manufactured in 1988
Cal. 727 nickel-finished jewelled lever movement, pavé diamond-set dial, sapphire-set numerals, gold baton hands, three engine-turned 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, 18K gold Rolex Jubilee bracelet, case, dial and movement signed
37.5 mm. diam.
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Prospective buyers should be aware that the importation of Rolex watches into the United States is highly restricted. Rolex watches may not be shipped into the USA and can only be imported personally. Generally a buyer may import only one watch into the USA. For further information please contact our specialists in charge of the sale. Please note other countries may have comparable import restrictions for luxury watches.

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With Rolex Garantie et Attestation de Chronomètre Officiel and original fitted leather presentation box.

Rolex always put a great emphasis on the development and production of chronographs, with remarkable success. Already in the 1920s, Rolex launched small series of stop watches which as of the 1940s were completed in the famous Oyster cases. These watches were robust and have always enjoyed great popularity amongst scientists, sportsmen and privates who were seeking practical and resistant timers. With the launch of the celebrated Cosmograph series in the early 1960s, a new chapter begun and, some 50 years later, the Daytona is no longer just considered the world's most famous tool watch, but a myth. In view of their intended use it does not come as a surprise that the vast majority of all Rolex chronographs ever produced were cased in steel. In fact, for many decades the gold versions suffered from lacking demand and, only until recent years, only formed a very small portion of the output.

Whereas Rolex always served an elite clientele with jewelled pieces, however with the aim to offer elegant evening watches either for men or ladies, sports models were never set with precious stones. This approach radically changed around 1980 when Rolex dared to launch diamond-, sapphire- and ruby-set GMT-Masters (ref. 16758 SARU) and later even opted for an extremely small series of diamond-set Cosmographs. Two versions are known: reference 6269, the bezel set with 44 round-cut diamonds, and reference 6270, the bezel highlighted with baguette diamonds. These models were only made in extremely small numbers and, as much as they may appear as anachronisms, these masterpieces must be regarded as a superb symbiosis of two world, sport and elegance.

It is probably due to a limited commercial success that production of these chronographs was all together in the low double digit figures and, consequently, these models are amongst the rarest species in the international auction market. We understand that in over thirty years of international watch auctions not even ten pieces of these three references combined have been offered in public.

Examples preserved in such excellent condition like the present reference 6269, furthermore accompanied by its original certificate and the ultra-rare "Jubilee" bracelet, are to many collectors exclusive finds and must be regarded as important collectors watches. The combination of its mythical DNA paired with the frivolous chic radiating from the pavé-set dial and bezel can hardly be beaten by any other wristwatch. Experiencing a reference 6269 is a unique sensation for laymen and seasoned specialists alike.

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