In our last installment of our Key Vintage Rolex Sports Models series, we explore the elusive Daytona ref. 6262. If you haven’t done so already, we encourage you to read the other parts of the series focusing on the GMT-Master ref. 1675, Submariner ref. 1680, Submariner ref. 5512, and Daytona Paul Newman ref. 6239.
A Vintage Rolex Daytona ref. 6262 has a few reasons why it is an amazing watch.
The Rolex Daytona 6262 History
Last week we discussed the Paul Newman Daytona ref. 6239, which is the Daytona model that preceded the Daytona ref. 6262. While the ref. 6262 is available with an exotic dial a.k.a. a Paul Newman version, this particular ref. 6262 has a traditional Daytona dial rather than the exotic one.
Regarded as a transitional reference, the Rolex Daytona 6262 was only manufactured for one year from 1970 – 1971, thus it’s a hard model to come by in the vintage Rolex market. The ref. 6262 was the bridge between the ref. 6239 (and its sibling reference ref. 6241) and the future ref. 6265 (and its sibling reference ref. 6263). In comparison to the Daytona ref. 6239, the ref. 6262 was furnished with an updated movement—Valjoux 727. The manually-wound Valjoux 727 beats at a frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour (vph) rather than the 18,000vph of the Valjoux 722 found in the ref. 6239.
Vintage Rolex Daytona ref. 6262 has a stainless steel build without a printed tachymeter.
In terms of design, this specific Daytona 6262 features a stainless steel construction, steel bezel with engraved tachymeter scale, silver dial, and black registers. It is also available with a black dial and silver registers, and of course, the exotic “Paul Newman” dial as well. Furthermore, the Daytona ref. 6262 is a classic watch also available in yellow gold, however, those gold models are extremely rare. In fact, it’s estimated that only around 30 yellow gold ref. 6262 were made, therefore, it’s one of the rarest vintage Rolex references ever.
Furthermore, the Daytona 6262 (along with its sister the ref. 6264 with the black acrylic bezel instead of the steel bezel) was the last Rolex Daytona to feature the pump pushers. The screw-down chronograph pushers would come later on the Daytona 6265 and 6263 models.
The Rolex Daytona Ref. 6262 Today
This Vintage Rolex Daytona ref. 6262 was only made for a single year.
Although the Daytona ref. 6262 was not a commercial success during its era, hence its short production run, today it’s a very different story. Considered one of Rolex’s “greatest hits”, the ref. 6262 regularly commands premium prices at auctions. In fact, at Christie’s recent Rare Watches including NAUTILUS 40 part IV auction in New York City, there were two stainless steel ref. 6262 Daytonas with silver dials (Lot 67 and Lot 69) for sale, each fetching $30,000 and $35,000, respectively. Moreover, a black dial version of the ref. 6262 (Lot 68) sold at the same auction for $57,500. Of course, the Paul Newman versions of the ref. 6262 go for much higher prices. At the same Christie’s auction, a Daytona Paul Newman 6262 sold for $150,000—surpassing its estimate of $80,000 – $120,000.
A key vintage Rolex sports model indeed, the rare and coveted Rolex Daytona ref. 6262 would be the cornerstone of any vintage watch collection.