Rolex Daytona 6263 ‘Big Red’

Since the invention of the ‘Oyster case’ in the ’30s, Rolex has been marketing the waterproof capabilities of its watches. However, the first truly waterproof Daytona only came into existence in 1965 thanks to the introduction of the reference 6240 and its screw-down chronograph buttons (instead of the round pump pushers with internal gaskets on earlier Daytonas). The 6240 was also the first Daytona to feature a black acrylic bezel inlay with contrasting white graduation scale. The 6240 was discontinued after just 4 years and was replaced by the 6263 in 1969.

The 6263 (and its brother, the 6265, with a metal bezel) enjoyed the longest production run of all vintage Daytonas (until 1987). Back then, due to the lack of popularity, Rolex kept experimenting with dial lay-outs. The ‘Big Red’ is an example of a dial variation, in which the writing on the 6-hour position, above the sub-dial is in red and spells out largely Daytona. Nowadays, this configuration holds a special place in the hearts of vintage watch collectors. The one we have to offer is from 1979 and features a striking silver dial with black sub dials. The watch comes on a very nice, period-correct ‘78350’ bracelet with matching ‘571’ end links. The watch has been worn and loved by its previous owner, so the condition of the case is fair with some minor scratches and a few little dents here and there. The watch runs on the manual-winding Valjoux 727 chronograph movement.

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