59 Rolex Highly Exclusive and Very Attractive, Daytona, Chronograph Wristwatch in Yellow Gold, With Champagne Dial, Reference 6264

Estimate: €130,000 –⁠ 260,000

Sold €162,500

Model: Daytona
Reference: 6264
Case Material: Yellow Gold
Bracelet Material: Yellow Gold
Year: 1971
Movement: Automatic
Caliber: 727
Case N°: 2802746
Dimensions: 37 mm
Signed: Dial, Movement and Case

In 1970, Rolex released two new Cosmograph Daytona models, the references 6262 and 6264. They differ in terms of the bezel: in metal with engraved tachymeter graduations for the reference 6262, with black plastic insert and white printed graduations for the reference 6264. Both watches were the last Rolex chronographs to utilize pump pushers. These models feature the caliber 727, in contrast with its predecessors, such as reference 6239 or 6241 that were equipped with caliber 722. Reference 6264 is most notably fitted with a black acrylic bezel and pump pushers and was produced for a total of 3 years, it is incredibly rare to find an example cased in yellow gold. This reference was produced mainly in stainless steel, then in 18k gold and in 14k gold, in this case, exclusively for the American market: it was a daring move from the brand to create a manual-winding, gold, sports watch. The present lot is a remarkable exponent of the 6264 family in 14 kt yellow gold, preserved in good conditions. It has a champagne dial with matte black subsidiary registers that complement the bezel. A tachymeter graduation scale is featured on the bezel which has an acrylic inlay, typically only used for watch crystals. The case, as previously said, is made of yellow gold and is paired with a rare yellow-gold Rolex Oyster bracelet.