Rolex Daytona 6265/8
There’s something perversely decadent about a gold toolwatch. Even more so when it’s a rare 4-digit Daytona.
Rolex marketed the Daytona as a sporty chronograph by naming it after the famous racetrack at Daytona Beach, Florida. Rolex even submitted a so-called ref. 6238 ‘Pre-Daytona’ to NASA to become the first flight certified watch in space, an honor that would eventually end up going to Omega’s Speedmaster. Nevertheless, it’s clear that the Daytona was intended as a purpose-built toolwatch. A sturdy and reliable instrument that could survive being knocked around in the toughest circumstances. So, why the hell would you make a full gold one? Well, it doesn’t make any sense really, but it does make for one hell of a watch.
This 6265/8 is in amazing condition. Just look at those thick lugs and the tight, all original, 19 mm riveted Oyster bracelet with the correct Daytona specific ‘71’ endlinks. The 6265/8 is fitted with screw-down pushers and an engraved 18k yellow gold bezel. Both the steel and the gold 6265s feature a Valjoux 727 movement. Yet, only the gold models were supplied with COSC certification and therefore sport two extra lines of text (“Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified”) on the dial. Speaking of the dial: it is in impeccable condition with champagne sub-registers and creamy tritium lume plots that match the tritium-filled hands.
This exceptional 6265/8 dates back to 1983 and even comes with the original papers.