Exclusive Timepieces 7 –⁠ 8 December 2019 | Monaco

Auction Details

A wide selection of very fine vintage timepieces, property of various prominent collectors will be presented in this sale. Including a fine selection of Longines Chronograph coming from one of the most important collections worldwide.

176 Rolex Absolutely Rare and Sought-After Daytona Chronograph Wristwatch in Steel, Reference 6264H, With Silver Dial, Tropical Brown Registers, Box, Papers and Rolex Service Invoice

Estimate: € 80,000 –⁠ 160,000

Sold € 117,000

Lot Description

Model: Daytona
Material: Stainless Steel
Reference N°: 6264
Year: 1971
Case N°: 2750761
Caliber: 727
Movement type: Manual
Bracelet: Stainless Steel
Dimensions: 37 mm
Signed: Dial, case and movement
Accessories: box and papers, invoice Rolex

In the history of horology, very few models have been able to leave their name engraved in the pages of immortality and one of them is for sure the Rolex Daytona. However, it happens that within the family of a specific model, some rare references are able to emerge more than the others, those who for particular characteristics, some for a period of short production, who else instead for the low numbers of specimens made. Is this the case of the reference 6264, considered among the most important collectors, as one of the rarest to be found. The years which this reference has been produced are very limited and go from approximately 1969 to 1972 and goes to substitute the previous ref. 6241 from which it inherited the black acrylic bezel with white tachymetric scale. Precisely this attribute is what identifies the 6264 when compared with the 6262, produced simultaneously and basically identical except for the bezel, in this case made of steel or gold. Available in 14k or 18k yellow gold, the 6264 very appreciated are those produced in stainless steel for their more sporty design and discretion, exactly like the example offered here. The case of the present lot is simply amazing for the sharpness of the lugs, its satin finish and the extremely overall state of conservation. The acrylic bezel strikes for the untouched conservation but the dial is what leaves speechless. The argentè background is decorated with the classic baton numerals and the well preserved luminous dots, but when putted under the light it’s clearly visible the peculiarity of it: the subsidiary dials have tropicalized, turning to a fascinating, one of a kind, dark brow color. It is said that only 1 700 examples in stainless steel were ever made of reference 6264 but very few have this special dial configuration, and even less acompained by the box, warranty and official letter Rolex of a previous service.