ROLEX | Daytona, Ref 6263 A Stainless Steel Chronograph Wristwatch with Bracelet 1978
Daytona, Ref 6263
A Stainless Steel Chronograph Wristwatch with Bracelet Circa 1978
Calibre: cal. 727 manual winding, 17 jewels
Case: stainless steel, acrylic bezel, screw-down back
Closure: stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet and folding clasp
Dimensions: 37 mm, bracelet circumference approx. 165 mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
The reference 6263 is the last version of the Rolex Daytona made with a manual-winding Valjoux movement and is one of the most desirable vintage Daytona models due to its aggressive look featuring screw-down pushers to increase water resistance (and that garner the watch the "Oyster" designation on the dial indicating enhanced water resistance) and the black acrylic bezel featuring a tachymeter track for measuring speed on a fixed course. Paul Newman actually owned a watch very similar to this that was a gift from his wife Joanne after he gave his other Daytona (a reference 6239) to his daughter Nell's then-boyfriend James Cox. That reference 6239 sold for $17.7 million while his Big Red reference 6263 is still worn and loved by his other daughter Clea.
This ref. 6263 Daytona dates back to approximately 1978. The surface of the original dial is very clean with only its luminous dots showing any signs of age. The watch is free from significant marks and damage, with only minor blemishes and faint scuffs to the case and bracelet being the only visible signs of wear and use.