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1985 Rolex Daytona (Ref. 6263) Silver "Big Red" Dial

The Rolex Daytona Ref 6263 AKA the “Big Red” is arguably one of the most sought-after vintage Rolex Daytona's in the Rolex Cosmography line up. The ref 6263 "Big Red" is iconic, timeless, & eye-catching when worn on the wrist.

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First introduced in 1963 the Rolex Daytona has always been in demand. Designed with professional racecar drivers in mind, the Daytona’s precision chronograph and tachymeter bezel allowed drivers to accurately measure speeds up to 400 kilometers or miles per hour. The release of the Daytona came just after Rolex had become the official timekeeper of the Daytona racetrack and the name evolved as a way for the brand to highlight its connection to the celebrated race.

This specific 1985 example of the “Big Red” Daytona Ref. 6263 is downright stunning the silver dial with the offset crisp black matte subdials sets the tone for the watch’s appearance. The watch really pops due to the three black sub-dials on the silver dial and iconic red “Daytona” insignia adorned above the lower center subdial at the 6 o'clock position. The black bezel insert is in wonderful condition and frames the dial perfectly which adds to the piece's overall legibility while being worn on the wrist.

We love the vintage Cosmograph range due to the fact that they have a high level of contrast which is something the modern Rolex Daytona range of timepieces has lost due to the completely monochromatic look of the dials found on today's modern reference range. 

Stock # RLXDT6263-85/5
Brand Rolex
Style Daytona
Model 6263 
Serial 88XXXXX
Size Men's
Material Stainless Steel
Dial Silver
Millimeters 36
Strap Rolex 78350 Oyster Bracelet w/ 571 End Pieces

 

CASE & BRACELET

The Daytona case is in exceptional condition and appears to have been lightly polished in the past while retaining full and symmetrical lugs. The original black acrylic bezel is in wonderful original condition, showing only minimal signs of wear from age. The original Rolex 78350 Oyster bracelet with 571 end pieces retains 13 links and exhibits almost no stretch from use.

DIAL & HANDS

The beautiful silver "Big Red" Daytona dial with contrasting black sub-dials makes up the iconic and eye-catching design. All of the tritium lume plots remain fully intact and exhibit no degradation under U.V. light inspection, the lume plots have aged to a slightly darker patina. The original tritium hands have been professionally restored with tritium to match the patina of the dial.

ACCESSORIES 

None. The watch was just completely overhauled and is running at COSC spec. 

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