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A rare and "fresh-to-market" Rolex Daytona in stainless steel
Auction Ended
2 Bids
Reserve Met
Auction Ended On
June 15, 2020
Lot 9
Starting Bid: $45,000
Estimate: $45,000 to $60,000
Manufacturer: Rolex
Year: Circa 1973
Model Name:
Reference: 6265
Case Serial Number:
Condition: Excellent condition. 
Material: Stainless Steel
Case Size: 37mm
Bracelet: Stainless steel C+I oyster rivet bracelet.
Item Number: 131753
Movement:        Cal. 727, manual-winding, 17 jewels.
Signed Case, dial, movement, and bracelet.

Rolex Daytona 6265 Stainless Steel

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Condition Report


Excellent original condition silver dial with light creamy markers. The 9 o’clock marker is partially missing. The matching hands have aged with a creamy butter hue. All lume glows brightly when exposed to UV and fall off rapidly at the same rate.


Excellent original stainless steel case which has previously been polished and shows some wear from use. Serial and reference numbers are crisp and well defined. Inner caseback is stamped 6265. There is an engraving on the back of the case "To Arnold with affection for 25 years Alvin".


Excellent original stainless steel bezel is in excellent condition and shows light wear. 


Excellent original C+I stainless steel oyster rivet bracelet with 11 links. Clasp has a "74" date code. Bracelet shows light wear from use. 

Box and Papers

Bob's presentation box, Certificate of Authenticity, and warranty card. 

Catalog Essay:

The Rolex ref. 6265 represents the final evolution of the first generation of Rolex Daytona watches that were characterized by their smaller 37mm case diameters, manual-wind movements, acrylic crystals, and lack of crown guards. Rolex first released the ref. 6265 Daytona in 1971 alongside the ref. 6263, making it the first time that screw-down pushers had been featured on a Rolex Daytona with a metal bezel.

Additionally, the reference 6265 is unique among the various vintage Daytona references from the first generation of manually-wound models, in that it is the only one to feature both screw-down chronograph pushers and a metal tachymeter bezel. While stainless steel bezels, and screw-down pushers would later define the self-winding Rolex Daytona generations for many years, the ref. 6265 is hold the distinction of being the only Daytona ever produced that features a manual-wind movement, combined with a metal tachymeter bezel and screw-down chronograph pushers.

Like other Rolex Daytona references from the first generation of the collection, standard dial options for the stainless steel models were either black with white registers, or silver with black registers like this example, which features tritium lume that has developed a light creamy patina over the years. Most interestingly, although the ‘Daytona’ name had already been used on dials for a number of years prior to the introduction of the reference 6265, some of the earlier examples, like this particular one from 1973, do not have the now-iconic name printed on their dials.

Rolex ultimately discontinued the reference 6265 Daytona in 1988, marking an end of the first generation of manual-wind Daytona models with acrylic crystals. The very first Rolex Daytona watches featured hand-wound movement and metal tachymeter bezel, and the ref. 6265 is the very last model to feature these two hallmark traits that had defined the collection since its initial introduction in the early 1960s.


MOVEMENT: Chronograph is functioning. Watch comes with a Bob's Watches one year warranty. 

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