ROLEX | REFERENCE 6263 DAYTONA 'SIGMA DIAL' A STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET, CIRCA 1974
REFERENCE 6263 DAYTONA 'SIGMA DIAL'
A STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET, CIRCA 1974
Caliber: cal. 727 mechanical, 17 jewels
Case: stainless steel, screw-down case back
Case number: 3'986'380, inside case back 6265
Closure: stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet with folding clasp
Dimensions: 38 mm diameter, bracelet circumference approximately 155 mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
Case: The case is in overall good condition with some minor scratching visible throughout consistent with the age of the timepiece, and due to wear. The bottom right lug has a dent but the rest retain good proportions. The service bezel has wear throughout and with discoloration to the numbers 140 and 150.
Dial: The dial is in overall good condition. Previous relume in our view. There is dirt present on the luminous hour markers at 6, 7, and 9 o'clock positions. There is a minor divot to the dial above the signed area. The watch has likely seen some restoration, most visible on the Sigma's flanking the T-SWISS-T.
Movement: Chronograph operating. The movement is running at the time of cataloging, however it was not tested for accuracy of time or duration of the power reserve and may need service at the buyer's discretion. Please note that Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement.
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 but rather the online condition report is a statement of subjective, qualified opinion (for example, information regarding colour, clarity and weight of gemstones are statements of opinion only and not statements of fact). 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 SALE/BUSINESS APPLICABLE TO THE RESPECTIVE SALE.
Presented in 1971 and available until 1986, the Rolex reference 6263 is one of the most popular, reliable and iconic watches of the last century. Due to this elongated production period, multiple case and dial variations exist, including steel, 14k, and 18k gold cases, and dial configurations including exotic, big red, and sigma variants. The current 6263 contains a rare "Sigma Dial" with two lower case Greek Sigma letters bracketing the "T Swiss T" at six o'clock. The Sigma designation was used by Rolex and a number of other brands throughout the 1970’s to signify that the applied hour markers were constructed from gold, in this case 18k white gold.
The present watch maintains its status as a highly attractive and handsome piece for daily use and is in good condition.