Christie’s Geneva organised a session of its Important Watches auction on 15 May entirely to Rolex by offering 116 watches of 55 different references, retracing the history of this watchmaker from the 1930s to the latest models introduced to the market.
The Rolex 1972 Oyster Cosmograph, Daytona Model ref. 6263, with a green Khanjar symbol was sold on 15 May in the presence of the consignor, a retired British Airway pilot who flew the Sultan and his entourage, on one of his first State visits, from Muscat to Rome in 1974. Just before landing in Rome one of the Sultan’s Ministers entered the cockpit and gave the pilot – as a thank you – the watch in question.
The timepiece sold for a whopping price of CHF727,500, doubling its pre-sale estimate.
About the Watch
ROLEX. A STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH GREEN « KHANJAR » SYMBOL, PRESENTED BY THE SULTAN OF OMAN TO THE CURRENT OWNER IN 1974, OYSTER COSMOGRAPH, DAYTONA MODEL, REF. 6263, CIRCA 1972
The present watch is from the exceedingly small series of so-called “Green Khanjar” Daytonas made for the Sultan of Oman, to be presented as token of appreciation. To date, less than 10 examples of this model in stainless steel are known to exist, references 6263 and 6265, featuring silvered or black dials. The present specimen bearing serial number 3’048’923 is believed to be the earliest known “Green Khanjar” Daytona known to date. Very recently discovered and one of the exceedingly few true “hidden treasures” to appear in public in recent years. Estimate: CHF/US$320,000 – 420,000.