ROLEX | DAYTONA BIG RED, REFERENCE 6263, STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET, CIRCA 1978
PROPERTY OF THE ORIGINAL OWNER
PROPERTY OF THE ORIGINAL OWNER
DAYTONA BIG RED, REFERENCE 6263
STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET
Calibre: cal. 727 manual winding, 17 jewels
Case: stainless steel Oyster, screw-down crown, pushers and back
Case number: 5'503'757
Closure: stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet with integrated folding clasp
Dimensions: 37mm diameter, bracelet circumference approximately 175mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: punched Rolex Guarantee, Rolex Cosmograph Daytona booklet, green Rolex booklet with leather holder, one additional bracelet link and presentation case
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DIAL: in good condition overall, with two minor scratches towards the centre of the dial. The luminescent plots are still visible and all reacting under UV light with 1,2,3 and 9 o'clock markers being slightly flatter. The chronograph seconds hand is slightly oxidised and shows very minor losses of white paint to its tip under magnification. Both hour and minute hands react under UV light.
CASE: with scratches and dents to the back, the periphery of the back shows lightly deeper scratches due to previous case openings. With mild dents to the case profile between the lugs possibly due to bracelet rubbing. Serial number and reference remain clear and legible. The bezel is slightly bent at 8 o'clock, the Bakelite insert shows minor bubbling at 8 o'clock. Case shows some signs of polishing, lower right lug is slightly uneven.
Bracelet: 78350 (VE), 78350 (19) 571 endlinks.
Rolex Guarantee not filled out, signed or dated
MOVEMENT: Running at the time of cataloguing. Chronograph starts, stops and resets.
Please note that the movement has not been tested for the accuracy of its timekeeping. Please note that Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement and that a service may be required at the buyer's discretion.
Please note: Condition 11 of the Conditions of Business for Buyers (Online Only) is not
applicable to this lot
The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The online condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance purposes only. The images of the lot also form part of the online condition report for the lot provided by Sotheby's. Any reference to condition in the online condition report does not amount to a full description of condition. The online condition report may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the online condition report of the lot or shown in the online images of the lot (for example, the online condition report may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome). Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. The online condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation because Sotheby's is not a professional conservator or restorer but rather the online condition report is a statement of subjective, qualified opinion genuinely held by Sotheby's (for example, information regarding colour, clarity and weight of gemstones are statements of opinion only and not statements of fact by Sotheby's). Please also note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and wrist bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. In addition, certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot (for example, the online images may represent colours and shades which are different to the lot's actual colour and shades). For these reasons, the online condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. Prospective buyers should also refer to the Buying at Auction guide which includes important notices concerning the type of property in this sale. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species. Please be advised that wristbands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS (ONLINE ONLY).
The last in the long lineage of the hand-wound Rolex Daytonas were the references 6263 and 6265, produced from 1969 to 1988. The former came with a black acrylic bezel, as in this instance, and the latter with a stainless-steel bezel.
They are regarded as the ultimate evolution of the vintage Daytona models. Superseding references 6262 and 6264 and following the success of the experimental 6240, the 6263 and 6265 models are further distinguished from their preceding references by the introduction of larger, screw-down chronograph pushers and winding crown and the addition of 'Oyster' signed to the dial. The introduction of these attributes marked the standard for all future references and are still utilised on Daytona models to this day.
The present piece is fitted with its original Big Red floating dial without any mark or scuff. The watch retains its original matching bezel as well as its 78350 bracelet with its correct 571 endlinks.
It is further accompanied by the original punched Rolex Guarantee, user manual and presentation case. This watch was until today preserved by its original and only owner who purchased it new.