In production for nearly two decades, references 6263 and 6265 were offered in either stainless steel or gold. Today, the market generally acknowledges that a non-"Paul Newman" stainless steel reference 6263 should generally feature a black or silvered dial, with three subsidiary registers featuring concentric circles of various sizes and textures, depending on the year of production of the watch. <br /><br />Lovingly dubbed by watch collectors as “Big Eye”, the dial layout of the present lot is most likely part of a series of test dials as the subsidiary dials are notably larger than those found on other examples. Furthermore, the Rolex Oyster Cosmograph signature is located further from the crown - a detail that is characteristic of the earlier Cosmograph examples. <br /><br />To add another element of intrigue, the case back of the present watch is stamped 6262 – an indicator that Rolex likely produced the present timepiece during a transitional period. However, the most arresting element of the dial is the color of the oversized subsidiary registers which have aged delicately into an attractive “tropical” coffee brown tone, giving the wristwatch an almost climactic appearance. With its overall excellent condition and striking dial, the present timepiece is sure to please all who sees its attractive and unique look.
Case/Bracelet: The case is in overall excellent condition, with minimal surface wear throughout. The case is, in our opinion, unpolished. The bracelet is in similarly nice condition, with minimal surface wear and is stamped for the second quarter of 1972. Dial: The dial is in excellent condition, and the “Big Eye” subsidiary dials have aged nicely with a tropical coffee brown hue. The tone of the hour markers and indexes are matching and luminescent. The dial does not display visible imperfections. Movement: The watch is ticking during the time of cataloguing. The movement and chronograph are running at the time of cataloguing, but a service is recommended.
<a href="mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org">Thomas Perazzi</a><br /> Head of Watches, Asia<br /> +852 2318 2030<br /> <a href="mailto:email@example.com">firstname.lastname@example.org</a><br /> <br /> <a href="mailto:email@example.com">Ziyong Ho</a><br /> Specialist<br /> +852 9386 2032<br /> <a href="mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com</a><br /> <br /> <a href="mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org">Jill Chen</a><br /> Specialist<br /> +852 2318 2033<br /> <a href="mailto:email@example.com">firstname.lastname@example.org</a>
37.5 mm. diameter
6263, inside case back stamped 6262
<p>Founded in 1905 England by Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis as Wilsdorf & Davis, it soon became known as the Rolex Watch Company in 1915, moving its headquarters to Geneva in 1919. Like no other company, the success of the wristwatch can be attributed to many of Rolex's innovations that made them one of the most respected and well-known of all luxury brands. These innovations include their famous "Oyster" case — the world's first water resistant and dustproof watch case, invented in 1926 — and their "Perpetual" — the first reliable self-winding movement for wristwatches launched in 1933. They would form the foundation for Rolex's Datejust and Day-Date, respectively introduced in 1945 and 1956, but also importantly for their sports watches, such as the Explorer, Submariner and GMT-Master launched in the mid-1950s.</p><p>One of its most famous models is the Cosmograph Daytona. Launched in 1963, these chronographs are without any doubt amongst the most iconic and coveted of all collectible wristwatches. Other key collectible models include their most complicated vintage watches, including references 8171 and 6062 with triple calendar and moon phase, "Jean Claude Killy" triple date chronograph models and the Submariner, including early "big-crown" models and military-issued variants.</p>
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