Rolex Daytona 6265/8

We’ve sold an insane number of Daytonas in the last few years.

Museum Piece
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Rolex started making chronographs in the 1930s, but it was only in 1963 that a named product line was introduced: the Cosmograph.
We’ve sold an insane number of Daytonas in the last few years. Four, five, and six digit ones. Yet, being able to offer an 18k gold 6265/8 is quite an event, even for us.You know the story by now. Four digit Daytonas, produced from the early 1960s until the late 1980s, were not very popular. People just weren’t in the market for a sporty chronograph with a hand wound movement. As a result, they’re rare and extremely sought after among collectors today. In recent years, vintage stainless steel Daytonas have gone absolute crazy, sometimes reaching astronomical auction prices. In comparison, their full gold brethren have remained relatively affordable even though significantly fewer were produced.This 6265/8 from 1982 is an incredible specimen. It comes with a thick case and a rare 19mm riveted Oyster bracelet with correct ‘71’ end links. The 6265 is fitted with screw-down pushers and 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. The matte black dial is in absolutely spotless condition with beautiful gold sub-registers and nice custard-colored tritium lume plots that match the lume-filled hands. You’ll be hard pressed to find a gold 6265 in this condition, but did you expect anything less from us?
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Rolex started making chronographs in the 1930s, but it was only in 1963 that a named product line was introduced: the Cosmograph. In some early advertisements, Rolex referred to the watch as the ‘Le Mans’ after the famous race track in France, although the name never appeared on the dial. After a few years, the line was officially renamed Cosmograph Daytona, after the racetrack in Florida. The most noticeable difference between these Cosmograph (Daytona) models and earlier Rolex chronographs, was the tachymeter scale (used for measuring distance and speed) that was moved from its traditional placement on the dial to the bezel. Furthermore, the dial was updated with the introduction of contrasting subdials.It's hard to imagine now, but Daytonas received little love after their release. Most Daytonas languished in dealer displays for years and were only started to get noticed by Italian collectors and dealers in the late 1980s. Nowadays, Daytonas are among the most sought after Rolex models, fetching prices from €20,000 for modern ones to many millions for rare vintage references. A big contrast with the $210 list price when it was first released!