A STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH REGISTERS AND BRACELET
CIRCA 1969 DAYTONA REF 6265/6262
The story of this watch with its 'Mystery Cross' engraving to the case back is a very interesting one.
While working on a documentary in the Amazon rainforest an Italian photographer encountered a group of Guerrilla soldiers near the Venezuela border.
The photographer and his team terrified for their lives tried desperately to explain their presence and convince them they were not there for any military purpose. While this was taking place one of the Guerrillas took an interest in the quartz watch which the cameraman was wearing, but he was unwilling to give it up as it was a gift from his wife. The photographer quickly took out his own watch and offered it to the Guerrilla leader. The leader then presented his watch in exchange and exclaimed 'we are Guerrillos not thieves'.
Once the Guerrillas had departed the photographer realised that he had in his hand a Rolex Daytona.
This interesting Daytona bears the last three digits of the serial number in between the lugs also inside the case back. It is to this day a mystery as to the meaning of the engraved cross surrounded by a rope but it should certainly entice the Rolex aficionados.
Another similar example so called 'Mystery Cross' is illustrated and described in the book for Daytona collectors, 'Ultimate Rolex Daytona' , published in 2010 by Pucci Papaleo Editore in a limited and hand-numbered edition.