ROLEX. A VERY RARE AND ATTRACTIVE STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET, ORIGINAL CERTIFICATE AND BOX, MADE FOR THE PERUVIAN AIRFORCE
SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER COSMOGRAPH, REF. 6263, CASE NO. 4’049’245, MANUFACTURED IN 1975
Cal. 727 mechanical movement, 17 jewels, silvered brushed dial, applied baton numerals with luminous accents, luminous hands, three subsidiary engine-turned black dials for constant seconds, 30 minutes and 12 hours registers, tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case, black bezel calibrated for 200 units, screw back engraved Fuerza Aerea Del Peru, screw down crown, two round screw down chronograph buttons in the band, stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, case, dial and movement signed.
With Rolex blank Guarantee, product information and original fitted presentation box and outer packaging.
In the past Rolex has made watches for various organizations, both military (British Forces) and scientifc (Comex). Such watches made in much more limited numbers, are highly collectible. One of the rarest models of this series is the one made for the Fuerza Aerea del Peru (FAP), a branch of the Peruvian military created due to a merger between the Peruvian army and navy. The FAP obtained only a few Cosmographs. With the military designation engraved on the case back, these FAP Daytonas are now treasured possessions of a few lucky collectors.
Some features distinguish FAP Daytona from normal production models. These include, for example, the above-mentioned engraving on the outside of the case back, together with the three last serial digits in minute font and also the engraving of the serial number on the inside which is normally only between the lugs. This engraving changed over time from just the last three digits of the number to its entirety in later versions, as is the case for this watch. The Fuerza Aerea del Peru designation is engraved around the edge of the case back with a rotary cutter, as can be noted by its depth and smoothness on the inside.
Awarded to pilots and high officials, the FAP Daytonas were usually considered mere instruments for timekeeping rather than cherished possessions and consequently, were used intensely. Therefore, the models that have survived often bear obvious and irreversible markings of such heavy wear. In many cases, the tiny 3 digits of the issue numbers engraved on the outside of the case back have been erased.
The present FAP 6263, however, can be considered the exception that proves the rule. In such perfect condition and with completely sharp and untouched shapes and corners of its second series case, it simply fills the beholder with awe.
Courtesy of Christie's