1981 Rolex Daytona (Ref. 6263) Black Dial "Big Red"

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 their connection to the celebrated race.

This specific 1979 example of the “Big Red” Daytona Ref. 6263 is downright stunning matte black dial with the offset e subdials sets the tone for the watch’s appearance. The watch really pops due to the three silver sub-dials on the matte black dial accompanied by the 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 pieces overall legibility while being worn on the wrist.

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 6263 
Serial 67XXXXX
Size Men's
Material Stainless Steel
Dial Matte Black "Big Red"
Millimeters 36
Strap Rolex Oyster 78350 W/ 571 end pieces



The case shows very light wear and retains very thick lugs. The screw down trip lock crown and pushers are original to the piece and correct for 1981. The original bezel remains is in good overall condition showing some light patina but is free from cracking or major blemishing. The Rolex Oyster 78350 bracelet with correct 571 end pieces shows very minimal stretch and comes with 13 links.


The excellent black "Big Red" Daytona dial with silver sub-dials is in excellent condition. The trapezoidal stick markers are free of any corrosion and add to the specific examples charming and era-specific look and feel.  The original tritium hands match the patina and coloration of the lume plots which remain 100% fully intact and show no visible lume degradation when viewed inspected under U.V. light


None. The watch is running at spec when placed on our timing scope but additional service history is unknown.