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 1981 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 unpolished case remains in stunning original condition exhibiting very little wear from use. The screw down pushers and trip lock crown are original to the piece and correct for 1981. The original bezel remains is in great 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 stunning black "Big Red" Daytona dial with silver sub-dials is in excellent original condition. The trapezoidal stick markers are free of any corrosion and add to the specific examples charming and era-specific look and feel. The tritium lume plots remain perfectly round in texture, exhibiting no degradation under U.V. light inspection and have achieved an excellent ivory patina. The original tritium hands match the dial perfectly and show no degradation under U.V. light inspection.


None. The watch is running and keeping time perfectly, additional service history is unknown.