ROLEX. A VERY RARE AND HIGHLY ATTRACTIVE STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BROWN SUBSIDIARY DIALS, ORIGINAL GUARANTEE AND BOX
SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER, COSMOGRAPH, REF. 6265, CASE NO. 2851466, MANUFACTURED IN 1971
Cal. 727 mechanical movement 17 jewels, silvered dial, applied baton numerals with luminous accents, luminous hands, outer fifths of a second divisions, three engine-turned black subsidiary dials that have turned brown for constant seconds, 30 minutes and 12 hours registers, tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case, bezel calibrated for 200 units, screw back engraved To Robert Love Janet, Hamilton BMR, 4-20- 74, 035-26-2002, screw down crown, two screw down chronograph buttons in the band, stainless steel Rolex buckle, case, dial and movement signed.
With Rolex Guarantee dated 20 April 1974, product information and Rolex fitted green presentation box.
At the beginning of the 1970s, Rolex returns to screw down pushers and prepares the introduction of what will be the final version of the manual Cosmograph Daytona. Ref. 6239 and 6241, which feature push down buttons, are replaced respectively by ref. 6262 and 6264, both powered by the latest 727 caliber.
Starting from September 1970, the new 6263 and 6265 references are available from the Rolex retailers. These models are released in either gold or steel. The difference between the two references is shown by the bezel: the first model displays a black acrylic insert featuring a printed tachymeter, whilst the second one sports a metal bezel. These examples are produced until 1987 (in regards to their serial number, it always corresponds to the production year of the case, and not to the resulting market year of the timepiece).
There is a kind of magic with some objects that makes them stand out. A magic which governs their fortune and stardom with the public, and even more with consumers all over the world. It is a magic mixture of marketing strategy, development and research, product, coincidence and destiny. All features which have a predominating influence and therefore can modify the nature of what we buy or use, making it unique.
This is what happened to a timepiece such as the present one. Its more than 40 years life span has transformed its own essence: in the beginning it was a watch, today it is a Daytona.
In hindsight, one can easily understand how this metamorphosis took place when one considers the timeless beauty of the dial of this important first series 6265. It captivates the beholder with its sub registers toned-down to a rich, creamy hazelnut in stark contrast to the immaculate silver soleil dial and the sparkling engraved steel bezel. The observer is immediately bewitched.
This watch is presented with its original box and guarantee.
Courtesy of Christie's