Named for the famous race circuit in Florida where Rolex became the official timekeeper in 1962, the Daytona has graduated from a tool watch built for race car drivers to one of the most sought-after watches in the prestigious Rolex line. When this model was made in 1973, the Daytona was still a perfect accessory for drivers, with a highly accurate chronograph movement and a large tachymeter on the bezel that gave drivers and their crew the ability to measure average miles per hour speeds. Three recessed subdials added to the functionality, providing one-minute, 30-minute, and 12-hour measurements through three screw-down pushers.
This ref-6265 shows off the Daytona's nearly flawless design, with an early variant matte black dial that only bears the words "Rolex Oyster Cosmograph" and leaves off the "Daytona" text typically found above the 6 o'clock subdial. It's also a Sigma dial, a rarity denoted by Greek sigma markings just above the luminous point at six o'clock, indicating that the markers on the dial were produced in white gold. The bright silver bezel (with 200-units per hour scale engravings) and case are in excellent condition and are affixed with the aforementioned screw-down pushers — another uncommon detail exclusive to 6265 and 6263 Daytonas. This highly collectible example is finished with a stainless steel USA rivet bracelet and is running at COSC spec. Water resistance is not guaranteed on any vintage timepiece.
Case Diameter: 36mm / Bracelet: USA Rivet with 11 links and matching end links / Movement: Self-winding Valjoux 727 movement / Lug width: 19mm / Serial: 3,9XX,XXX