Offered here is a beautiful example of Rolex Daytona, Ref. 6263 (circa 1974; 4.1m serial), nicknamed the “Sigma” Daytona, due to the printing of two small sigmas at the bottom of the dial next to “T SWISS T”. This example is outfitted with a panda-silver dial, and features screwdown pushers. These screwdown pusher-Daytonas have soared in popularity over the last couple decades, and are coveted by collectors, new and old. This watch has an interesting history behind it as well. While it does include its original Rolex box, booklets, and “punched” Warranty Certificate, the papers are of a watch 29 serial numbers apart. In order to explain this, included in the sale is a letter dated July 27, 1977, addressed to the well-known American retailer “Bailey, Banks & Biddle”, which explains that the original purchaser of the watch bought it in order to give it to someone as a gift. However, the original watch he purchased (of which correspond to the papers included in this sale, and referenced in the letter) was not working properly, so the store exchanged it for a new, identical watch. Presumably, when they replaced the watch, the store did not issue new papers, and the purchaser kept the original papers he was given (from the defective watch).
The condition of this Daytona is excellent. The case does not show signs of overpolishing, if any at all, which thick, even and sharp lugs. The dial is in beautiful condition, with no major flaws, scratches, marks, etc. The original tritium lume is still present on both dial and hands, with extremely beautiful vibrant yellow and puffy plots, all of which are well-preserved and in-tact. The original Bakelite black bezel is likewise in great condition, with no cracks.
The watch also comes on its original Rolex Oyster C&I bracelet, dated to 1976, and has 11 full links with no stretch.