Rolex. A fine and rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with bracelet, original guarantee and box
Rolex. A fine and rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with bracelet, original guarantee and box


Rolex. A fine and rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with bracelet, original guarantee and box
Signed Rolex, Oyster Cosmograph, Daytona, Ref. 6263, case no. 7'627'428, manufactured in 1983
Cal. 727 mechanical movement, 17 jewels, silvered dial, applied steel baton numerals and luminous accents, three engine-turned black 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, stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, case, dial and movement signed
37.5 mm. diam.

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Lot Essay

With original Rolex Guarantee dated 5 November 1985, instructions and Rolex fitted green presenation box.

1983 , This is another rare example of "new-old-stock". This time it is the steel version of Ref. 6263, produced in 1983. It is interesting to note that this lot represents the wristwatch that is at the top of the wish-list of Rolex enthusiasts, at the moment of the discontinuation of the manually wound Daytonas, when the "Rolex Phenomenon" escalates to a true hunt for the ultimate collectible Daytona. Reference 6263 sports a bezel with a black plastic insert, third series steel case and a silver dial with cherry red Daytona designation. If one could go back in time to the mid-1980s and search for a "Manually Wound Rolex Daytona" in a picture dictionary, this is precisely the image one would find. It is no coincidence that many prominent early publications on Daytona-collecting adopt this model as an image for their covers.

Therefore, this is the ideal watch for those who approach the world of Daytona vintage collecting for the first time. Not only is this model regarded as the iconic cornerstone of a Daytona collection, but it is also offered in "new-old-stock" condition, the rarity of which cannot be overemphasised.

This timepiece is so perfect that it could be used by scholars wishing to illustrate the type of wristwatch which stereotypes the late production, manually-wound Rolex Daytona. Its pristine case is the perfect example of how these magical watches looked when they left the shop. Not only are the case and dial in mint condition, but the watch even retains the original Rolex sticker with the Rolex print in the background, a telltale sign that this watch has never been worn.

Such a perfect example would not be complete without its full set of box and papers, including the sales tag and its original guarantee, showing it was sold in the exclusive Alpine ski resort of Zermatt on 5th November 1985. The next lot is a specular twin of this timepiece and was purchased on the same day at the same retailer. It is safe to assume that the pair were preserved together untouched for the past 28 years.

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