1979 Rolex Daytona 6265 Silver 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.

1979 Rolex Daytona 6265 Vintage

This specific 1979 example of the “Big Red” Daytona Ref. 6265 is downright stunning. 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 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 Silver
Millimeters 36
Strap Rolex Oyster 78350, 571 end links



The case shows very light wear with and retains sharp and thick lugs. That we believe the case remains unpolished and shows original factory finishing. The screw down crown and pushers are original to the piece. The bezel is in absolutely stunning condition and sharp just like the case. The Rolex Oyster 78350 bracelet has very minimal stretch and comes with12 original links which retain era correct 571 end pieces. 


The excellent silver "Big Red" Daytona dial with black sub-dials is in excellent condition. There is a minor surface blemish underneath the hand stack as can be seen in the photos. 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 dots are intact and have taken on a wonderful golden patina. The hands are later service hands and are free of any corrosion or blemishing.


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