Lot 123

Dubai

Rolex Daytona UAE (Ref. 6263)

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$300,000 USD | Sold

United Arab Emirates Flag | Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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  • A very important stainless steel chronograph wristwatch made for the United Arab Emirates
  • Circa 1978

Dial: Silvered

Calibre: Cal. 727 mechanical, 17 jewels

Case: Stainless steel, screw-down case back

Closure: Later stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet and folding clasp

Size: 39 mm diameter, bracelet circumference approximately 200 mm

Signed: Case, dial and movement

Accessories: With Rolex fitted box and counter box

In 1964, a year after the launch of the Cosmograph model, Rolex collaborated with NASCAR to draw inspiration from the roaring engines and gleaming paint of the world’s fastest racing machines in Daytona Beach, Florida.

The result is a magnificent '6239' that is known for being large, tough and legible, beginning the collection of the renowned Daytona for Rolex. As technology has been improving constantly, so have Rolex’s watches. In the Daytona’s 60 years of production, it has seen many improvements and dissimilarities from the style of the case, dial, movement and bracelet.

The watch offered here is a reference 6263, which not only differs from the reference 6239 for its acrylic bezel and screw-down pusher, but it also features a highly unusual dial, personalised with the UAE coat of arms rendered by hand in polychrome enamel.

In addition, just above the hour counter at six o'clock is the Arabic signature of His Royal Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who was at the time the Minister of Defence for the United Arab Emirates.