The Daytona name came in 1964/1965, when Rolex decided to brand the Cosmograph references in order to appeal to the auto racing culture of the USA and was also an official sponsor of the Daytona 500 auto race held in Daytona Beach, FL. The Daytona quickly became a chronograph favorite among enthusiast and has grown into a statement of prestige in the horological world.
This 1974 Daytona Ref. 6265 example, often referred to as an "ROC" dial, is an early dial variant that only bears the words Rolex Oyster Cosmograph and lacks the red Daytona text above the 6:00 subdial. 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 The stainless steel bezel is in wonderful and almost perfect condition and frames the dial perfectly
We love the vintage Cosmograph range of 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 modern reference range.
Rolex 78350 Oyster Bracelet W/ 571 End Pieces
CASE & BRACELET
The previously lightly polished case retains thick lugs, showing light wear from use. The Mk. 2 pushers and trip lock crown are original to the watch. The stainless steel UPH bezel remains in wonderful condition showing little wear and with original black enamel fully intact. The Rolex 78350 Oyster bracelet with 571 end pieces shows light wear and some stretch from use, retaining links.
DIAL & HANDS
The original silver sunburst ROC dial remains in wonderful vintage condition. Under U.V. light inspection the tritium lume plots all show as intact, 3 and 9 o'clock markers exhibit some light degradation which is common for Daytonas of this era. The original titanium hands have aged slightly darker than the dial, under U.V. light inspection hands show as fully intact showing no degradation.
Watch comes with original box and translation papers. The watch was just serviced and is running at COSC spec backed by a one year warranty on accurate timekeeping.