One of the finest selections of vintage and contemporary watches we were able to put together. We tried to do our best to offer you extremely rare and well preserved collectable pieces of the best manufactures.
Session I: Saturday 22 October, 2:30 PM – lots 1 to 104
Session II: Sunday 23 October, 10:30 AM – lots 105 to 179
Session III: Sunday 23 October, 2:30 PM – lots 180 to 271
271 Rolex Incredibly Rare, Outstanding and Possibly Unique, Daytona Cosmograph, Wristwatch in 14K Yellow Gold, With White Graphic, Three Linen, Retailed by Tiffany & Co, Reference 6265, with Rolex Watch Service Receipts
Estimate: € 450,000 – 900,000
Sold € 858,000
Case Material: Yellow Gold
Bracelet Material: Leather Strap
Case N°: 3607187
Dimensions: 37 mm
Signed: Dial, Case and Movement
As a matter of fact, a reference number identifies a case style but in many cases, it is surely not enough to depict that watch. Yet, there are instances in which a watch arrives and is so sublime, it is almost impossible to qualify and quantify its beauty. Today, the term “important” is abused and sometimes loosely, bordering on hyperbole. For this reason, starting with the sentence “an important reference 6265” Could mean everything and nothing at the same time. There are some watches, so elusive and so mythical, that stun even the most seasoned and weary of collectors and for which words are absolutely reductive. We have already lost time, because the present lot needs no real introduction because it speaks for itself: Monaco Legend Group is honored to present you the possibly unique Rolex Daytona 6265 in yellow gold with white graphics and retailed by Tiffany and Co. Made for less than 20 years it is believed that fewer than 2000 gold versions of the references 6263 and 6265 were cased in either 18K or 14K yellow gold. The present timepiece is part of a very reduced club of these watches preserved in excellent and impressive condition. The very rare 14K case, made for the American market, is incredibly crisp and all gold marks and hallmarks are sharply present beneath the lugs. The 200 unites per hour gold bezel is gorgeous with black painting still present and showing a slight oxidation that is spreading on the upper part. Anyway, what really sets the pulse racing when one is first confronted with this watch is the realization that its dial its unique, it doesn’t need to be explained, it simply talks. A champagne surface absolutely shiny and beautiful. Three black subsidiary dials like no others, because the usually gilt color of the text has been replaced with a white one that make the whole dial standing out in a tridimensional way. The clear and perfect defined three linens “Rolex—Oyster—Cosmograph” are extremely rare: this special configuration can be found on some very early prototype of yellow-gold Daytona since it was made when the seal of Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified had not been achieved yet by Rolex. The COSC certification was introduced around 1974 and can be found only on the gold models. This means the specimen here is extremely important since it represents one of the very fest and last specimens with non-COSC designation. Another extremely important and precious detail is slightly below the three lines: the Tiffany & Co signature. This iconic jeweler has proudly emblazoned its logo on a variety of Rolex wristwatches, ranging from the GMT-Master to the Cosmograph Daytona but every time a signed one comes out it’s like the first. Rolex and Tiffany’s relationship began in the 1950s and continued for about four decades until Rolex tightened its control over supply making the few specimens with this prestigious signature absolutely rare and sought after. Historically, the storied Tiffany boutique has been the destination for collectors in pursuit of the finest and most attractive wristwatches and almost 50 years ago, a very lucky gentleman had the chance to get one of the rarest manual Daytona ever produced. Today, in Monaco, another lucky connoisseur can have the same opportunity and enrich its collection with a real chimera.