1979 Rolex Daytona 6265 Black Big Red Daytona Dial

Rolex Daytona Vintage


The Rolex Daytona Ref 6265 AKA the “Big Red” is arguably one of the most sought after vintage Rolex Daytona's in the Rolex Cosmograph line up. The ref 6265 "Big Red" is iconic, timeless, & eye-catching when worn on the wrist.

The Daytona name came in 1964/1965, when Rolex decided to brand the 6263 Cosmograph reference 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.

This specific 1979 example of the “Big Red” Daytona Ref. 6265 is downright stunning. The black dial with the offset creamy white subdials sets the tone for the watch’s appearance. The watch really pops due to the white sub-dials on the black dial and iconic red “Daytona” insignia adorned above the lower center subdial at the 6 o'clock position. 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. 


Stock #
Brand Rolex
Style Daytona
Model 6265
Serial 6,0XX,XXX
Size Men's
Material Stainless Steel
Dial Black
Millimeters 36
Strap Rolex Oyster 78350/19 with 571 End Pieces



The case of this 1979 Daytona ref 6265 is in an absolutely flawless condition which we beleive remains unpolished showing factory case geometry and finishing. The screw down crown, pushers,  bezel are original to the piece and like the case absolutely stunning in condition. The case has a sharp like new feel and finish. The Rolex Oyster 78350 bracelet has very minimal stretch and comes with12 original links which retains original 571 end pieces. 


The excellent black "Big Red" Daytona dial with silver sub-dials is in exceptional condition. The subdials have taken on a charming ivory like patina. The trapezoidal stick markers are free of any corrosion and add to the specific examples charming and era-specific look and feel. All of the lume plots remain perfect and have taken on a wonderful golden patina. The original hands remain in excellent condition with lume that matches the dial perfectly. Under UV light the lume dots and hands show no loss or degradation.


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