Tropical 1973 Rolex Daytona (Ref. 6263) Silver Dial W/ Box & Papers
Rolex first introduced the ref. 6239 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. As a result of this slightly larger wrist presence, the references 6263 and 6265 hold a high level of desirability within the collector market, especially within the more uncommon variations.
We are proud to present this incredible, rare, and extremely attractive 1973 Rolex Daytona reference 6263 that features chocolate brown or "tropical" subregisters. Along with the unique dial, the condition of this Rolex Daytona is remarkably well-preserved and it is also accompanied by its original box and papers.
|Dial||Silver W/ Tropical Brown Sub-Dials|
|Bracelet||Rolex 78350 Oyster Bracelet W/ 571 End Pieces|
The exceptionally thick and crisp case is in superb overall condition, boasting super strong finishing throughout with only minimal signs of use present. The Mk III black bezel is in impressive condition, showing no age or cracking whatsoever. The Mk II screw-down pushers are original and era-correct for the watch, along with the Rolex trip-lock crown. The Rolex 78350 Oyster bracelet with 571 end pieces is a slightly later service unit and retains 12 links that show almost no stretch and will fit up to a 7 1/4-inch wrist.
The original and exceptional silver sunburst dial with "tropical" chocolate brown subregisters is truly remarkable. There is no damage to the dial itself or the subregisters, with the only elements of age being some subtle surface aging at the very right edge of the dial and the gorgeous tropical effect of the subregisters that greatly enhances the inherent value of the watch as well as its aesthetic. The tritium lume plots around the dial feature a charming ivory color tone and exhibit no degradation. The original tritium hands match the dial perfectly with no degradation present when inspected under U.V. light.
The watch comes complete with its Rolex box, Rolex Guarantee paper with punched serial, Rolex green document wallet, and Rolex booklet. The watch is keeping time perfectly, backed by a 1-year warranty on accurate timekeeping.