Rolex

1973 Rolex Daytona (Ref. 6265) Silver "ROC" Dial

$ 65,000

Rolex first introduced the Cosmograph in 1963 in steel, 14k, and 18k yellow gold with a design that was solely focused on automobile racing. The Units Per Hour bezel allowed for the tracking and measuring of average speed and lap times making for a truly useful tool for racing drivers in the 20th century. Rolex, being the same marketing powerhouse back then as they are today, knew the American market would be their most effective demographic as racing in America was on the rise in the 60s-70s. Effectively, in 1964 the Rolex Cosmograph was branded “Daytona” after the famous race The 24hrs of Daytona, and the rest is history. 

The Daytona saw its first major update in late 1969 when Rolex decided to bring their Oyster technology to the Cosmograph. Accompanying the "Oyster" text on the dial, the case crown was upgraded to a 7mm trip-lock crown, and the most significant upgrade was the introduction of the screw-down chronograph pushers which is a function we still see today in the modern Daytona offering from Rolex. While the case size of this new model was the same as its predecessor at 36mm, the larger crown and more robust pushers greatly increase the watch's wrist presence. 

This 1973 Rolex Daytona ref. 6265 features what is often referred to as an "ROC" dial,  an early dial variant with only the "Rolex, Oyster, Cosmograph" text, lacking the red "Daytona" text above the bottom sub-dial. However, this does not make for a lackluster appearance, as the popping contrast of the dial is uninterrupted. The crisp silver dial and deep matte black sub-dials are at the forefront of the aesthetic of this Daytona. 

Stock #
RLXDT6265-73/2
Brand Rolex
Style Daytona
Model 6265
Serial 32XXXXX
Size Men's
Material Stainless Steel
Dial Silver
Millimeters 36
Bracelet Rolex 7835 Oyster Bracelet W/ 271 End Pieces

 

CASE & BRACELET

The exceptional case retains thick, crisp, and symmetrical lugs that show only gentle signs of previous use. The stainless steel “UPH” bezel is in excellent condition, showing minimal signs of use and only minor loss to the black enamel inlay. The Mk. II screw-down pushers are original to the watch. The inside of the case back is stamped 6262 which is correct as Rolex parts were interchangeable for this reference and this era. The original Rolex 7835 folded-link Oyster bracelet with 271 end pieces retains 13 links that show subtle stretch and will fit up to a 7 1/2-inch wrist.

DIAL & HANDS

The original silver sunburst "ROC" dial is truly exceptional, exhibiting no damage and only nominal elements of age that are invisible to the naked eye. The tritium lume plots have aged to a charming creamy-yellow patina, and all of the lume plots remain intact under UV light inspection though the 3 o'clock plot exhibits some light degradation, which is common for Daytonas of this era. The original hands have been professionally restored with tritium and feature a color that is a few shades darker than the dial lume.

ACCESSORIES 

None. The service history is unknown and is ready for service. The service can be provided upon request at the time of service.