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Rolex, Ref. 6263 Oyster Cosmograph, (FAP) Peruvian Air Force, Stainless Steel, Circa 1974 Case: Numbered 3950931 between the lugs and inside the case back, 38 mm, screw down crown and push buttons, black acrylic bezel graduated to 200 units per hour, case back engraved "Fuerza Aerea Del Peru", reference number 6263 between the lugs and inside the case back Dial: silver, applied steel indexes, luminous steel baton hands, black guilloche subsidiary dials for the constant seconds, thirty minute and twelve hour registers Movement: caliber 727, nickel lever movement, 17 jewels, adjusted to 3 positions Band: 78350, stainless steel, deployant clasp Rolex has a long and well-documented history of providing watches on special order to various military and non-military organizations. These "issued" examples were delivered in small quantities, and have become highly desirable and sought after amongst the discerning collector. Of the various Organizations who special ordered timepieces from Rolex, one of the most well documented is the ‘Fuerza Aerea del Peru' (FAP), who were a branch of the Peruvian Armed Forces. The "FAP" were tasked with defending the nation and its interests with the use of air power, and only pilots and other high-ranking members of the military were given the honor of receiving one of these watches. Of the various Rolex References supplied to the ‘FAP', the most desirable and collectible is arguably the Ref. 6263 Cosmograph, delivered throughout the 1960's and 70's. These rare examples are distinguished aesthetically with the engraving ‘Fuerza Aerea del Peru', located around the edge of the case back. It is further validated by its additional serial number engraving on the inside case back, which matches the serial number located between the lugs. Given the profession of the recipients of such timepieces, many examples show signs of heavy wear. With respect to this particular example, of an ‘FAP' issued Ref 6263, the condition is nothing less than exemplary. This offering presents a rare opportunity to acquire a military issued Rolex Cosmograph Ref. 6263, which immediately sets itself apart from the rest.

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