Created for Pan Am pilots aboard the Boeing 707 who needed to tell time in two different time zones simultaneously, the GMT-Master is a Rolex legend. And while it's still an ideal choice for time-zone hoppers, the diver has come to represent much more. Impeccably maintained examples like this one are becoming harder and harder to find, produced in 1978 with a matte black dial with creamy markers, "Mercedes" hour hand, "lollipop" seconds indicator, date window, red 24-hour hand, and the iconic blue and red bi-directional steel bezel. This model features a case in excellent condition showing light wear from use along with an Oyster bracelet and stamped crown guard. The watch is running at COSC spec, and the original box and paperwork are included. Water resistance is not guaranteed on any vintage timepiece.
Case Diameter: 40mm / Bracelet: 7836 folded link bracelet with 11 links and model 380 end links / Movement: Self-winding caliber 2784 / Lug width: 20mm / Serial: 964,XXX
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