With Rolex guarantee stamped by the retailer Luciano Franz, Udine, and dated 14 November 1981, Rolex Cosmograph brochure and Rolex fitted green presentation box and outer packaging.
Over its half-a-century lifetime, the Daytona goes through many different incarnations, some more common and others truly rare. This multitude of versions is a consequence of the incredible stylistic research Rolex invested in this model, unmatched in the field of horology.
The philosophy has entailed incessant innovations whilst respecting the original concept. The result of this process is a dramatic range of values between different versions of the Daytona. No other watch produced over so many decades can surpass the number of variations, from the different dials, to the case restyling, to the technical innovations of the caliber, buttons, and crown.
Furthermore, over time many layers of complexity have been added imperceptibly to some timepieces. It would have been difficult, if not impossible, to foresee the extraordinary colour change from the black to the chocolate hue of the dial mounted on this steel 6263. This occurrence only amplifies its charm to collectors, especially in this case where there is no qualitative loss to the background or to the graphics.
This piece enchants the enthusiast not only because of its undeniable aesthetical appeal, but also because it is offered complete with the original box and guarantee which have been carefully preserved over its 40 year lifecycle.
The watch was manufactured in 1973, a beautiful example of the second series 6263. These cases have serial numbers between 3.000.000 and around 4.300.000. Also, the screw-down pushers are different from the previous versions. They are now the second generation 24-P301-0 in steel. Further improvement to the waterproof feature of the chronograph is afforded by the new 701 winding crown, recognisable by the 3 small spheres embossed under the Rolex logo.