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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1978
    Reference No: 6263
    Case No: 5’382’619
    Model Name: Cosmograph Daytona “Big Red”
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 727, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet stamped 78350/19, endlinks stamped 557/B, max overall length 210mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex deployant clasp stamped 78350 and R11
    Dimensions: 37.5mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed.
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex inner and outer presentation boxes.

  • Catalogue Essay

    One of the most coveted vintage timepieces of the current era is the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona “Big Red”, distinguished by its large red “Daytona” signature above the 6 o’clock register. Perfectly proportioned for daily wrist wear and with its dramatic splash of red text, the model’s simple, elegant yet casual design has captivated seasoned and beginner watch collectors alike. The reference 6263, like the present watch, and reference 6265, its metal-bezel sibling, were both launched in 1969, replacing the first Oyster Cosmograph model, the reference 6240. The stainless steel model with screw down pushers was in production for almost 20 years – until 1988, when the model was discontinued and replaced by the first self-winding Cosmograph Daytona ref. 16520 that year.
    The purity of this configuration, especially when fitted with the white dial, permits not only outstanding legibility - after all, the Cosmograph was first and foremost a tool for racers - but also provides an impressive, aesthetic impact. The inverse black/white chromatic scheme of the dial and sub-dials combines brilliantly with the black acrylic bezel that itself contrasts with the steel case and bracelet. The silvered dial is in superb condition, with luminous hour markers along the outer ring, and the flawless soleil-finished dial glistens brilliantly against its contrasting black subsidiary dials. The beauty of these “Big Red” reference 6263 Daytonas served as the inspiration behind Rolex’s extremely popular modern steel Daytona reference 116500LN, introduced in 2016 and still in production today.
    This sporty yet elegant watch from 1978 is offered in exceptional overall condition, and has been extremely well preserved in its original state over the course of its 40-some year lifespan. The case is extremely sharp, having most likely never been polished. The crispness, total originality, and stunning aesthetics of this example make it one of the most exciting examples of the reference one could hope to own.

  • Artist Biography


    Swiss • 1905

    Founded in 1905 England by Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis as Wilsdorf & Davis, it soon became known as the Rolex Watch Company in 1915, moving its headquarters to Geneva in 1919. Like no other company, the success of the wristwatch can be attributed to many of Rolex's innovations that made them one of the most respected and well-known of all luxury brands. These innovations include their famous "Oyster" case — the world's first water resistant and dustproof watch case, invented in 1926 — and their "Perpetual" — the first reliable self-winding movement for wristwatches launched in 1933. They would form the foundation for Rolex's Datejust and Day-Date, respectively introduced in 1945 and 1956, but also importantly for their sports watches, such as the Explorer, Submariner and GMT-Master launched in the mid-1950s.

    One of its most famous models is the Cosmograph Daytona. Launched in 1963, these chronographs are without any doubt amongst the most iconic and coveted of all collectible wristwatches. Other key collectible models include their most complicated vintage watches, including references 8171 and 6062 with triple calendar and moon phase, "Jean Claude Killy" triple date chronograph models and the Submariner, including early "big-crown" models and military-issued variants.

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Ref. 6263
An extremely well-preserved and highly attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with bracelet and presentation box

37.5mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed.

$50,000 - 100,000 

Sold for $138,600

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The 2021 New York Watch Auction

New York Auction 11 - 12 December 2021