ROLEX | DAYTONA, REFERENCE 6263, A STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH UAE QURAYSH HAWK DIAL, MADE FOR MOHAMMED BIN RASHID AL MAKTOUM, CIRCA 1975
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DAYTONA, REFERENCE 6263
A STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH UAE QURAYSH HAWK DIAL, MADE FOR MOHAMMED BIN RASHID AL MAKTOUM, CIRCA 1975
Calibre: cal. 727 mechanical, 17 jewels
Case: stainless steel, screw down case back
Case number: 4'027'945
Closure: stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet and folding clasp
Size: 37.5 mm diameter, bracelet circumference approximately 173 mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
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The movement is in working condition at the time of cataloguing. All functions are working properly. The dial is in attractive condition with minor loss to the lumes at 3, 9 and 10 o'clock. All lumes still react nicely under UV. The eagle is hand painted onto the dial and is painted in a number of layers that sit on top of each other. The insert with minor surface wear throughout and a couple of minor dings. The case with nice proportions and light surface wear throughout. The case back with a nice milled crisp edge with light surface wear. The inside case back is stamped 6264. The numbers between the lugs are very crisp and easy to read. The bracelet with surface wear throughout.
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.
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The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The online condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance purposes only. The images of the lot also form part of the online condition report for the lot provided by Sotheby's. Any reference to condition in the online condition report does not amount to a full description of condition. The online condition report may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the online condition report of the lot or shown in the online images of the lot (for example, the online condition report 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. The online condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation because Sotheby's is not a professional conservator or restorer but rather the online condition report is a statement of subjective, qualified opinion genuinely held by Sotheby's (for example, information regarding colour, clarity and weight of gemstones are statements of opinion only and not statements of fact by Sotheby's). Please also note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and wrist bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. In addition, certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot (for example, the online images may represent colours and shades which are different to the lot's actual colour and shades). For these reasons, the online condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. Prospective buyers should also refer to the Buying at Auction guide which includes important notices concerning the type of property in this sale. 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. Please be advised that wristbands 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.
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**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."
A similar example is prominently illustrated in Ultimate Daytona by Pucci Papaleo, pages 400 to 403.
Starting at the beginning of the 1970’s, the United Arab Emirates and Arab Nations commissioned watches from Rolex to give as gifts to officials, diplomats and dignitaries.
The present watch, represents a very rare example of this golden era and features a dial known as “The Desert Eagle”. Featuring a highly unusual personalised dial, a UAE coat of arms has been rendered by hand in polychrome enamel illustrating the “Quraysh Hawk” and replaces the traditional Rolex Cosmograph signatures found on regular production models. In a standing position, the hawk’s feet rest on top of the ruler of Dubai’s signature. Mohammed bin Rashid Al Makhtoum. 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.