Rolex Daytona | Genève | 20 pieces Limited Edition | Poster-Art
Rolex Daytona | 6263 | Genève
Artist: Robert Topulos
Edition: Limited to 20 signed art prints
ROLEX, Cosmograph, "Daytona", chronograph
Year: circa 1972
Founded in England in 1905 by Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis as Wilsdorf & Davis, the partnership soon became known as the Rolex Watch Company in 1915 and moved its headquarters to Geneva in 1919. The success of the wristwatch owes much to Rolex's innovations, which nowadays are reflected in Rolex being one of the most respected and well-known luxury brands.
These innovations include their famous "Oyster" case — the world's first water resistant and dustproof watch case, invented in 1926 — and their "Perpetual" — the first reliable self-winding movement for wristwatches launched in 1933. These would form the foundation for Rolex's Datejust and Day-Date, respectively introduced in 1945 and 1956, but also importantly for their sports watches, such as the Explorer, Submariner and GMT-Master, which were launched in the mid-1950s.
Among all the remarkable watches that Rolex has produced throughout their long and illustrious history, possibly no timepiece is more celebrated by enthusiasts and pursued by collectors than the Rolex Daytona.
Rolex first started experimenting with mechanical chronographs during the 1930s, though it was not until 1963, with the introduction of the reference 6239 (capitalise reference?? Not sure, you know best), that an actual name was given to their chronograph line of watches. Although many consider this reference to be the first Daytona, it was not until almost 1965 that the "Daytona" name made its appearance on the dial. Up until then, Rolex’s chronograph line was known simply as the "Cosmograph" - a name that still remains on the Daytona dials that are manufactured today.
The artwork depicts the 6263, the last series with a hand-wound movement being the 6263 and 6265, which were produced between 1971 and 1988. The first is especially valuable: Christie’s sold at auction one of these watches in 2013 for nearly 1 million Swiss francs. This record was broken in 2020, when a Rolex Daytona owned by Paul Newman sold for 5.4 million dollars at “Racing Pulse,” a New York auction by Phillips.
Sources: Phillips, Bobswatches, Robb Report, Watchtime
[This artwork is not affiliated in any way to the Rolex brand and company, it is part of a large art collection in homage to the Swiss watchmaking heritage including multiple Swiss timepieces and watch companies]
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