Hong Kong, May 29, 2022

LOT 423

Ref. 6265 / 6262, chronograph, minute and hour counters, silver dial with “tropical” registers; “Cosmograph”; stainless steel

HKD 560,000 - 950,000

EUR 67,000 - 116,000 / CHF 70,000 - 120,000 / USD 71,000 - 122,000

Sold: HKD 725,000

Stainless steel, manual-winding, “tonneau”-shaped, gentleman’s wristwatch, water-resistant with screwed case-back, “triplock” winding-crown, silver colour dial with “tropical” colour auxiliary dials, applied radial indexes with luminescent dots, subsidiary seconds at 9 and three horological complications:
· 1/5 second chronograph (activated by the two round-shaped screwed push-pieces located on the case-band) with tachometric scale graduated on the stainless steel bezel for 200 units per hour
· Half-instantaneous 30-minute counter (subsidiary dial at 3 o’clock)
· 12-hour counter (subsidiary dial at 6 o’clock)

Grading System
Grade: AAA


Case: 2-8

Very good

Slightly scratched

Movement: 2*

Very good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2-01

Very good

HANDS Original

Brand Rolex, Geneva

Model “Oyster” “Cosmograph”

Reference 6265 / 6262

Year circa 1971

Movement No. unnumbered

Case No. 2 788 653

Material stainless steel

Bracelet brown leather strap

Buckle stainless steel Rolex buckle

Diameter 36.3 mm. (bezel)

Caliber 727 (based on Valjoux 72), adjusted to 3 positions

Height 43.5 mm.

Width 36.1 mm.

Signature dial, case and movement

Accessories original fitted box and outer box (Ref. 11.00.71; inside part lacking)


Rolex, Ref. 6263 and 6265

The Rolex chronographs references 6263 and 6265 were produced between 1971 and 1988. The difference in designation comes from the type of bezel used on them:
· Ref. 6263 comes with a metal bezel with an acrylic insert;
· Ref. 6265 comes with a full metal bezel.

These two wrist-chronograph models are the last references produced by Rolex using a manual-winding movement.

The present watch is characterised by its silver colour dial, the black subsidiary dials of which have developed a natural patina over time. These auxiliary registers have turned into a harmonious tobacco brown or milk chocolate colour, now known to collectors as “tropical”. This beautiful and wonderful patina is most sought after by discerning connoisseurs.