Rolex Daytona 6265 'Big Red'Sold
Rolex Daytona 6265 'Big Red'
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Another week, another drop with two highly desirable Valjoux Daytonas!The ref. 6265 has the illustrious distinction of being the last vintage Daytona and the Daytona that has enjoyed the longest production run, from 1971 until 1987 when it was replaced by the modern ref. 16520 with automatic movement and sapphire crystal.This ref. 6265 dates back to 1982 and sports a silver sunbrushed dial with black recessed subdials. This dial configuration is known as a ‘panda’ dial among collectors due to its resemblance with a giant panda’s white face and black eye patches. The dial is in spotless condition with thick creamy tritium lume dots that match luminous compound in the hour and minute hands. At the 6 o’ clock position the dial features the desirable big red “Daytona” text.The 37mm stainless steel case is thick and sharp and sports screwdown chronograph pushers. The case contains some light scratches as we’ve left it unpolished; the way it should be. We’re happy to be able to offer the watch together with its original Oyster bracelet.
Rolex Cosmograph DaytonaRolex 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 sub-dials.It's hard to imagine now, but Daytonas received little love after their release. Most Daytonas languished in dealer displays for years and 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!Waterproof 62xx DaytonasEver since the invention of the ‘Oyster case’ in the 1930s, 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 ref. 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 (1971-1987).
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