186 Rolex Fresh to the Market, Past 30 Years in the Same Collection, Exceptionally Important and Iconic, Daytona Cosmograph, Wristwatch in Yellow Gold, With Black Dial, Red Khanjar Logo, Retailed by Asprey for the Sultanate of Oman, Reference 6265

Estimate: €350,000 –⁠ 700,000

Sold €442,000

Model: Daytona
Reference: 6265
Case Material: Yellow Gold
Bracelet Material: Leather Strap
Year: 1974
Movement: Manual
Caliber: 727
Case N°: 3 751 988
Dimensions: 37 mm
Signed: Dial, Movement and Case

Introduced as the last reference of Daytona featuring a manual winding cal. 727, the reference 6265 was initially launched in 1972 in stainless steel, 14K gold and 18K gold versions. 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 6265 offered here is a high quality specimen made in 18 kt yellow gold as the case still has nicely sharp lugs. Its black dial is in great condition with the champagne counters that perfectly match the hands, the bezel with a graduation of 200 units per hours and the iconic screw pushers. Moreover the dial presents a very uncommon and rare logo at 12 o’clock: the desirable red “Khanjar”. It has become known in the recent years for being depicted on special watches directly commissioned by the Sultan of Oman, His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said. When found on a wristwatch, the Khanjar automatically makes them extremely rare and are considered among the world’s most sought-after collectable pieces such as the present lot. To confirm this very rare logo it is important to verify the presence of an engraving on the case back: the Asprey signature, as it is for this lot. Asprey boutique over the years has always distinguished their resale of unique and exclusive pieces such as the lot offered here. This company was founded in 1781 by William Asprey, and was originally based in the suburbs of London until the company moved into its current New Bond Street shop. From its central London location, Asprey immediately improved its sale and advertised ’articles of exclusive design and high quality’ to the point of signing some of the most important watches such as Patek Philippe, Rolex and Audemars Piguet becoming the official supplier for the Sultanate’s watches. Extremely difficult to find, examples such as this one are highly sought after on the market, so this represents an opportunity not to be missed by anyone looking for something special.