The 6264 is among the rarest of all Daytona references due to its short production span of only one year and was launched in 1970 alongside reference 6262. The two models can be distinguished by the different types of bezels used. While the 6262 is fitted with an engraved solid steel bezel, the 6264 comes with a black acrylic bezel insert such as seen on the present lot.
Equipped with pump pushers, the 6264 looks identical to its predecessor reference 6241 and only differs by the movement used. Instead of the calibre 722 with 18'000 beats per hour, the faster and newer calibre 727 was used, vibrating 21'600 times per hour.
After its short production run, the 6264 was replaced by reference 6263 which featured a thicker Oyster-style case with screw-down chronograph pushers. Thus, the 6264 is a rare transitional reference linking the low-beat, pump pusher Daytonas and the high-beat, screw-down pusher Daytonas.
In fabulously original condition, the dial is extremely well preserved. The lumes are aged nicely and consistently with each other and now have turned a more orange colour. They also react nicely under UV and the dial itself overall is in really in great condition. The mark 1 insert is also correct and the case is in a state of great preservation.