- A FINE YELLOW GOLD CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH REGISTERS AND BRACELET
REF 6263 CASE 5951371 DAYTONA CIRCA 1979
- yellow gold
• cal. 727 manual winding nickel lever movement, 17 jewels, mono metallic balance • matte black dial, applied faceted baton indexes with luminescent dots, yellow gold Obélisque hands, gilt engine turned subsidiary dials for constant seconds, 30 minute and 12 hour registers, gilt minute and 1/5 second divisions • 18k yellow gold Oyster case, black acrylic bezel calibrated for 200 units, screw down pushers, crown and solid case back • case, dial, and movement signed • with an 18k yellow gold later Rolex bracelet
Accompanied by a Rolex Guarantee, a One Year Service Warranty dated January 9th, 1995, an International Service Guarantee dated October 6th, 2011, and a Rolex service statement dated January 24th, 2011. Also with a Rolex document confirming the purchase of the present 18k yellow gold Oyster bracelet, on October 6th, 2011. Together with one additional 18k yellow gold Rolex buckle, booklets, sales tags, service tags, two service boxes, three polishing clothes, one pouch, one bi fold, and a presentation box with outer packaging.
The Rolex Cosmograph has become one of the most iconic sporting watches of all time. Replacing the 6262 model in 1971, the 6263 was given its own distinctive look with the addition of a black acrylic insert to its bezel and waterproof screw down crown and chronograph pushers.
The present lot is available in excellent condition with an original bezel insert, and crisp case hallmarks. The dial is preserved with superior clarity and impeccable definition to the signatures, the deepness of registers, the outer tracking and even the luminescent dots above the indexes.
It has been owned by the same family for two generations, and Sotheby's is pleased to offer it for the first time at auction. This is a rare opportunity to own such an exceptional example of the reference 6263 in yellow gold.