ROLEX. AN EXCEPTIONAL AND INCREDIBLY RARE 18K GOLD CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH DIAMOND-SET PAVÉ BEZEL, DIAMOND AND SAPPHIRE SET DIAL AND BRACELET, MADE FOR THE SULTANATE OF OMAN
ROLEX. AN EXCEPTIONAL AND INCREDIBLY RARE 18K GOLD CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH DIAMOND-SET PAVÉ BEZEL, DIAMOND AND SAPPHIRE SET DIAL AND BRACELET, MADE FOR THE SULTANATE OF OMAN
ROLEX. AN EXCEPTIONAL AND INCREDIBLY RARE 18K GOLD CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH DIAMOND-SET PAVÉ BEZEL, DIAMOND AND SAPPHIRE SET DIAL AND BRACELET, MADE FOR THE SULTANATE OF OMAN
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ROLEX. AN EXCEPTIONAL AND INCREDIBLY RARE 18K GOLD CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH DIAMOND-SET PAVÉ BEZEL, DIAMOND AND SAPPHIRE SET DIAL AND BRACELET, MADE FOR THE SULTANATE OF OMAN
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This lot is subject to standard Swiss VAT rules an… Read more ROLEX DAYTONA 'JACK OF DIAMONDS’ MADE FOR THE SULTANATE OF OMAN THE EARLIEST KNOWN REF. 6269THE PROPERTY OF AN IMPORTANT PRIVATE COLLECTOR
ROLEX. AN EXCEPTIONAL AND INCREDIBLY RARE 18K GOLD CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH DIAMOND-SET PAVÉ BEZEL, DIAMOND AND SAPPHIRE SET DIAL AND BRACELET, MADE FOR THE SULTANATE OF OMAN

SIGNED ROLEX, DAYTONA MODEL, REF. 6269, CASE NO. 8'761'105, CIRCA 1985

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ROLEX. AN EXCEPTIONAL AND INCREDIBLY RARE 18K GOLD CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH DIAMOND-SET PAVÉ BEZEL, DIAMOND AND SAPPHIRE SET DIAL AND BRACELET, MADE FOR THE SULTANATE OF OMAN
SIGNED ROLEX, DAYTONA MODEL, REF. 6269, CASE NO. 8'761'105, CIRCA 1985
Movement: Manual
Dial: Pavé diamond-set, sapphire hour numerals
Case: 37.5 mm. diam., engraved with the Khanjar emblem
With: 18k gold Rolex riveted Oyster bracelet and deployant clasp, overall length approximately 190 mm.
Remark: One of only two examples known publicly with the caseback engraved with the Khanjar emblem
Literature
The other known example of reference 6269 made for Oman and with the caseback engraved with the Khanjar was sold by Antiquorum Geneva, 12 May 2013, lot 518.

For other examples of reference 6269 see:
‘Ultimate Rolex Daytona’, Pucci Papaleo Editions, pp. 524 – 527.
‘100 Superlative Rolex Watches’, John Goldberger, Damiani, p. 241.
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This lot is subject to standard Swiss VAT rules and 7.7% VAT will be charged on the ‘hammer’ and the ‘buyer’s premium’
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Lot Essay

Consigned by a private collector and epitomising the near-mint condition that all collectors hope to find in a vintage Rolex, this awe-inspiring gold Cosmograph is one of only two publicly known examples of reference 6269 sold to the Sultan of Oman. Rarely ever seen at auction, the ultra-luxurious diamond-set reference 6269, the so-called ‘Jack of Diamonds’ is in itself one of the most elusive models among all gold Cosmographs. The present watch is, to the best of our knowledge, the earliest example of reference 6269 known publicly. With caseback engraved with the Khanjar emblem of Oman, it can be regarded quite simply as one of the greatest prizes for any serious Rolex collector today.

Reference 6269
A remarkable model within the historic context of the Cosmograph family, the diamond-set gold reference 6269 is considered to be one of the ultimate luxury vintage Rolex chronographs, it is also an immense rarity. Manufactured late in the production period of the manually-wound Cosmograph which was discontinued in 1987. In the mid-1980s it was considered extraordinary for a chronograph wristwatch to be set with diamonds but due to a select yet significant demand for such pieces, Rolex responded with the specially created reference 6269 which has its own specific design features including a bezel set with brilliant-cut diamonds and a stunning pavé-set diamond dial with sapphire hour indexes. A particularly attractive feature of the model is the 18K gold ‘riveted’ Oyster bracelet which lends a refined vintage 1960s aesthetic to the overall appearance of the reference.

The Case
The highly appealing 18K gold case retains strong proportions, the bezel is set with brilliant-cut diamonds, displaying sharp gold marks beneath three lugs. In common with other known reference 6269s, the case back of the present watch 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 suitable case back was available during final assembly, in this instance from the iconic reference 6263. The stamp ‘CRS’ is the initials of the case maker Charles-René Spielmann. The screw-down back is engraved with the Emblem of Oman, the Khanjar.

The Dial
Gold dial plate pavé-set with 240 round white diamonds and 9 sapphires for hour indexes. The gold chronograph registers remain clearly readable with guilloche centres and polished chapter rings.

The Bracelet
The fine original 18k gold reference 7205 bracelet dating from 1985 is the highly appealing version with riveted links and end links stamped ‘71’, usually found on early Daytona references from the 1960s, such bracelets are considered by Rolex collectors as the most desirable and collectible in their own right.

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