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ROLEX Cosmographe Daytona
6263 “Unworn Condition Big Red”

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€ 150.000

One of the most iconic dial variations of the Daytona is named Big Red, after the large Daytona script printed in bright red. The 6263 Big Red offered here is in unworn condition, coming directly from the first owner, who bought it in Italy in 1985. As such, it is therefore complete with its box and papers. All parts are correct for the period and the watch is clearly untouched.

The dial features a slightly « floating » red Daytona and is in mint condition. The bezel is a Mark 3, which is correct for this model from 1985. The hand configuration is correct with a silver dial: a black chronograph second hand and small white hands. The Mark 3 screw-in pushers are characterized by a groove on the end part and correspond to the final iteration for the manually-wound Daytona. The crown is a triplock version, identified by the three dots below the coronet. The caseband is a Mark 5 version, characterized by deeper cutouts at the level of the pushers. The bracelet is reference 78350-19 with end links number 571, which is the correct version for this Daytona. The code I10 on the clasp indicates production of the bracelet in October 1984.

A 6263 Daytona in such unworn condition and with box and papers is exceptionally rare on the market represents a unique opportunity.

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About this watch

One of the most iconic dial variations of the Daytona is named Big Red, after the large Daytona script printed in bright red. The 6263 Big Red offered here is in unworn condition, coming directly from the first owner, who bought it in Italy in 1985. As such, it is therefore complete with its box and papers. All parts are correct for the period and the watch is clearly untouched.

The dial features a slightly « floating » red Daytona and is in mint condition. The bezel is a Mark 3, which is correct for this model from 1985. The hand configuration is correct with a silver dial: a black chronograph second hand and small white hands. The Mark 3 screw-in pushers are characterized by a groove on the end part and correspond to the final iteration for the manually-wound Daytona. The crown is a triplock version, identified by the three dots below the coronet. The caseband is a Mark 5 version, characterized by deeper cutouts at the level of the pushers. The bracelet is reference 78350-19 with end links number 571, which is the correct version for this Daytona. The code I10 on the clasp indicates production of the bracelet in October 1984.

A 6263 Daytona in such unworn condition and with box and papers is exceptionally rare on the market represents a unique opportunity.

Watchfid Score

10 / 10

About the Model

Produced from around late 1969 to 1988, reference 6263 is perhaps known as the most iconic Daytona model: it is the archetype that collectors think of when the word “Vintage Daytona” is used.

Integrating the screw-down pushers of its predecessor, as well as the improved Caliber 727 movement beating at a higher rate, reference 6263 and its metal bezel sibling reference 6265 represent the most evolved manual winding Daytonas, marketed as waterproof down to 165 ft (50 meters) thanks to the screw-down Oyster pushers and case. For collectors, references 6263 and 6265 are also amongst the most interesting references to collect because Rolex created a wide variety of dial designs for the model.

Throughout its over two decades of production, not only did Rolex create many special-order pieces during this period for Royal families or the army, but it also experimented with different dial configurations, making Daytonas from this period a particular joy to collect.

While the majority of both references 6263 and 6265 were cased in stainless steel, more limited quantities were cased in yellow gold. Starting from the early 1970s, Rolex began to power its gold Oyster Cosmograph watches with chronometer-certified movements. Whilst earlier dials bore the inscription“Rolex Oyster Cosmograph” only and this iteration was nicknamed “Three Liner” by collectors, later models featured a different dial layout that referenced the chronometer-tested movement and displayed “Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified” on the dial.

About the Brand

The story of Rolex began in London in 1905 when Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis founded Wilsdorf & Davis, a watch company that soon became known as the Rolex Watch Company. In 1919, Rolex moved its headquarters to Geneva. The brand’s success can be attributed to many “early” innovations, including the famous “Oyster” case in 1926 and the “Perpetual” self-winding movement for wristwatches in 1933. Among the most prestigious brand name in the world, Rolex has developed world-renowned collections such as the Oyster Perpetual, Datejust, Day-Date, as well as professional collections: Explorer, Submariner, GMT-Master, Daytona.

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Extract of Archives: No

On request and when available, an extract of the archives from the manufacturer can be obtained.