Rolex Daytona 6265 Big Reg Sigma


case materialStainless Steel
bracelet materialStainless Steel
movementManual Winding

Rolex Daytona 6265 Big Reg Sigma

The reference 6265 began production in the early 1970s alongside its sister reference, the 6263. The former with a black stainless steel bezel and the latter with a acrylic bezel.

Superseding references 6262 and 6264, and following the success of the experimental 6240, the 6263 and 6265 models are further distinguished from their preceding references by the introduction of larger, screw-down chronograph pushers and winding crown, the addition of ‘Oyster’ signed to the dial. The introduction of these attributes marked the standard for all future references and are still utilised on Daytona models to this day.

An interesting and sought after feature can be found to the base of the dial beneath six. On the present lot, where one would usually expect to find T Swiss T, we see instead the addition of the Greek letter sigma; σ T SWISS T σ.  Although the exact dates are yet to be defined these, ‘Sigma’ dials were most likely introduced from 1970 onwards and used to denote the use of gold parts to the dial – in this instance, the indexes.

The “Big Red” Daytona dials are the most popular and iconic of the non-exotic dial variants amongst the Oyster-case Daytonas. Of the Big Red Daytona dials, the most rare and coveted are the very elusive Sigma dial variants. Sigma dials are more commonly seen in the Datejust and Day-Date models, however the design characteristic made its way into the Daytona family for a brief period during the mid 1970s and the few examples that remain are exceedingly rare. A Sigma dial is a Rolex dial named for the letters printed at the bottom of the dial below the 6 o’clock marker. Most Rolex dials are commonly marked with “T Swiss T,” under the 6 o’clock marker, however, a Sigma dial is marked “σ T SWISS T σ.” This signifies the use of gold components within the dial.

The present watch is in excellent condition with very little tarnish on the white sub dials, and beautiful lime plots (some material loss at 3, 4 6 o’clock)

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