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Rolex

Reference 6265 Daytona A stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with bracelet and tropical registers, Made for the Peruvian Airforce, Circa 1973

Estimate:

100,000

to
- 200,000 USD

Rolex

Rolex

Reference 6265 Daytona A stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with bracelet and tropical registers, Made for the Peruvian Airforce, Circa 1973

Reference 6265 Daytona A stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with bracelet and tropical registers, Made for the Peruvian Airforce, Circa 1973

Estimate:

100,000

to
- 200,000 USD

Lot sold:

126,000

USD

Reference 6265 Daytona

A stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with bracelet and tropical registers, Made for the Peruvian Airforce, Circa 1973


Dial: silvered, tropical registers

Caliber: cal. 727 mechanical, 17 jewels

Case: stainless steel, screw down case back stamped Fuerza Aerea Del Peru

Case number: 3'950'924

Closure: stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet with folding clasp

Size: 37 mm diameter, bracelet circumference approximately 200 mm

Signed: case, dial and movement

Box: no

Papers: no

Case: The case is in overall very good condition with light signs of wear and previous light polish. The inner case back is stamped 6263 and has the serial number below. The bracelet is later added and stamped 78350 with 557 endlinks. The bracelet remains tight and is in very good condition.


Dial: The dial is in excellent condition. The registers have taken on a tropical/tobacco color evenly throughout with light inconsistency to the 6 o'clock register. Luminous plots present at 4, 5, 7, 8, 10 and 11 o'clock with the remaining ones partially present. The hour hand has darkened with age. The dial is likely relumed - the plots are active under UV light.


Movement: Chronograph function operating. The movement is running at the time of cataloging, however it was not tested for accuracy of time or duration of the power reserve and may need service at the buyer's discretion. Please note that Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement.


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 but rather the online condition report is a statement of subjective, qualified opinion (for example, information regarding colour, clarity and weight of gemstones are statements of opinion only and not statements of fact). 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. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE/BUSINESS APPLICABLE TO THE RESPECTIVE SALE.

Rolex has a long history of providing special order watches to the likes of royal families (Oman), scientific organizations (Comex) and the military (British Forces). Given the small numbers these watches are made in they have become some of the most collectable variants. To distinguish these examples from ordinary examples, Rolex or their dealers (such as Asprey) would have the dials printed with coats of arms or royal insignia, and sometime, this would take the form of a case back engravings, such as the current lot.


The relationship between Rolex and the The Fuerza Aérea del Perú (FAP), or Peruvian Air Force is believed to have been formatted by the friendship between the official Rolex dealer of Lima, and the late Andre Heineger, Head of Rolex South America (and father to Patrick Heineger General Director of Rolex SA). In any event, the FAP received a number of watches from Rolex between 1962 and the late 1970’s, thought to total about 700 in total and comprising of Submariners, GMT’s and Daytona models for their high-ranking officials.

Distinguishing these watches are engravings to both the case backs exterior and interior. To the exterior can be found the ‘Fuerza Aérea del Perú’ text and to the case back interior, the watches full serial number can be found engraved below its serial number.


The current watch is a Daytona reference 6265, distinguished by its steel bezel and screw down pushers. From circa 1974, this is an early example of the reference, with a 3.950m serial number. Watches supplied to organizations such as the Peruvian Air Force are usually ordered and delivered in batches that can be traced by their serial numbers being close to similar examples, so it is certainly of Interest that this current example (serial 3,950,924) is within a 14 serial range of a similar FAP Ref 6265 offered publicly for sale in 2017 (3,950,911) a FAP Ref 6265 offered in the current sale lot 275 (3,950,902). The other striking feature of the watch is how the dial has aged over time. The subsidiary registers of the watch have naturally developed a wonderful and consistent tobacco or milk chocolate brown hue, known to collectors as turning ‘Tropical’. The watch presents in excellent condition, with the full case proportions and sharp lugs.