A cornerstone of a serious Rolex collection, reference 6265 is distinguished by its metal bezel with tachymeter scale, screw down chronograph buttons and caliber 727 movement. The present example is the most lavish iteration of this model: in 18K gold with champagne dial and gold bracelet. The bracelet itself is the rare version with riveted links and endlinks stamped 71, considered by the Rolex collecting community a collectible on its own. The alternation between the central polished link and outer brushed links adds flair and movement to the ensemble.
The layer of oxidation noticeable between the chronograph pushers and crown is the telltale mark of a watch which spent most of its life in a safety deposit box. Another testament to the care the present timepiece has seen throughout its life is the presence and crispness of all the three stamps under the lugs. As it often happens with Rolex, the case back bears a different reference number than the case: 6263. This is because the specifications of the case back for the two references are exactly the same, and thus the company was inclined to mount whatever case back was available during final assembly. The stamp CRS stands for the case maker Charles-René Spielmann. Manually wound Daytonas were discontinued in favor of the automatic versions in 1987.
This lot represents a rare opportunity to acquire a most appealing and exclusive manual gold Daytona.
For a detailed description and illustrations of various examples of the reference 6265 see I Cronografi Rolex-La Legenda, Pucci Papaelo Editore, pp. 336-349.