ROLEX | COSMOGRAPH DAYTONA, REFERENCE 6263 A VERY IMPORTANT STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH UAE QURAYSH HAWK DIAL AND BRACELET, MADE FOR MOHAMMED BIN RASHID AL MAKTOUM, CIRCA 1976 " | 勞力士 | Cosmograph Daytona 型號6263 極為重要精鋼計時鏈帶腕錶，備UAE古萊什之鷹錶盤，為穆罕默德·本·拉希德·阿勒馬克圖姆而製，錶殼編號4137690，約1976年製"
COSMOGRAPH DAYTONA, REFERENCE 6263
A VERY IMPORTANT STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH UAE QURAYSH HAWK DIAL AND BRACELET, MADE FOR MOHAMMED BIN RASHID AL MAKTOUM, CIRCA 1976
Cosmograph Daytona 型號6263
Calibre: cal. 727 mechanical, 17 jewels
Case: stainless steel, screw down case back
Case number: 4'137'690
Closure: stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet and folding clasp
Size: 39 mm diameter, bracelet circumference approximately 220 mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
The movement is in working condition at the time of cataloguing. The chronograph function is working properly. The dial with perfect pumpkin colour like luminous plots except for the one at 3 o'clock which has been slightly flattened. The lumes react well under UV. The bezel insert with minor signs of wear from 3 o'clock to 6 o'clock. The number between the lugs are extremely crisp. The watch is in excellent overall condition with hardly any signs of wear other than on the case back due to the bracelet. The bracelet is in excellent overall condition. The watch is very attractive and in excellent overall condition.
Please note that the movement has not been tested for the accuracy of time and may need a service at the buyer's expense. Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement and we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts.
You are advised that watch straps or bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator or crocodile) are not sold with the watch and we reserve the right to remove these straps or bands prior to shipping. Furthermore, the watch may not come with its original manufacturers strap or band.
Prospective bidders should review the Conditions of Business, Authenticity Guarantee, the Guide for Prospective Buyers, and any Important Notice in the sale catalogue.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. All dimensions in catalogue descriptions are approximate. Condition reports may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome. Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. Please note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and leather bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
**Please be advised that bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping."
While the primary focus of many watchmakers and brands before and until the 1950s was to compete in producing the world’s most complicated timepiece, Rolex is a brand which chose to specialize in manufacturing watches for specific vocations such as the Submariner for divers, GMT-Master for pilots, Explorer for spelunkers and Milgauss for scientists. The Daytona was no different than the previous models mentioned, as the story unfolds, the Daytona was sent to NASA for testing. However, as it did not pass NASA’s assessment with flying colors, the crown of the Moon Watch was granted to Omega’s SpeedMaster instead. Struggling to find a purpose for the Daytona after losing the competition with Omega, Rolex immediately found the solution in 1964, partaking in the NASCAR event with roaring engines and gleaming paint of the world’s fastest racing machines in Daytona Beach, Florida. The result is a magnificent 6239 that is known for being large, tough and legible, beginning the collection of the renowned Daytona for Rolex.
As technology has been improving constantly, so have Rolex’s watches. In the Daytona’s 56 years of production, it has seen many improvements and dissimilarities from the style of the case, dial, movement and bracelet. The present watch is a reference 6263 which is not only different from the 6239 for its acrylic bezel and screw-down pusher but it is an exceptional piece made upon special request for Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
Rendered in hand painted polychrome enamel, the desert eagle is an exceedingly rare dial that exhibits the UAE coat of arms at 12 o’clock with the signature of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum proudly signed within the red banner. Above 6 o’clock the Emir’s name is also signed which differs from the other known examples that feature the mark of the Wazarah Ad Difa’a department in the same position.
The present watch was gifted to the consignor 40 years ago and the watch has been sitting in a safety deposit box ever since. While the watch was never once used with an impeccable condition to the dial and case, the consignor had decided to send the watch back to Rolex’s Heritage department in Geneva for a routine servicing last year. Residing in a private collection for many years, the present lot’s condition and rarity make it a fabulous Rolex Daytona.