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Early Icons Friday: One of the First Rolex Daytonas….Ever

by on Oct.13, 2010, under Review, What's New

It’s Friday and we’ve had a busy week.  Monday we showed you the pair of IWC Perpetuals worn by Gordan Gekko and Jacob Moore in the new Wall St flick. Then we showed you the Rolex Pre-Daytona (Ref 6238) that was worn by James Bond himself, and well, that’s when things got crazy.  Our Timex video made it on to Racked, Antenna, and GQ. Our behind the scenes look at the James Bond exhibit has made the rounds, as has our peek into the Audemars Piguet Restoration Department

We’re tired – so we’re bringing it back to where it all began – finding you, the readers a great watch worth buying.  And, since we’ve dubbed today “Early Icons Friday”, here we are for you, with an early rendition of a true icon.

It was in 1963 that Rolex would launch the Cosmograph chronograph in reference 6239 (the James Bond Chrono is 6238 and was produced around the same time – which would you rather have?).  Being such an early Daytona, the watch you see to the right has some minor variations that most wouldn’t spot, but are incredibly meaningful. 

Most lay on the bezel.  It was for only a very short period of time and only on the very first Daytonas that the engraved bezel was marked up to 300 units.  Almost immediately, Rolex changed the scale to top out at 200 – in fact you won’t even see a Daytona with a 300 unit bezel in 100 Years of Rolex (the Rolex lovers bible).  On top of that, of the Cosmographs that do go up to 300 rarely feature the 275 unit marking. 

The serial number on this super early Daytona is 923XXX, which indisputably dates to 1963 and one of the earliest Daytonas around.  It features a Rolex Caliber 72B movement (based on Valjoux 72, of course) and the thing just looks fantastic. 

So, while every Tom, Dick, and Harry over at Morgan Stanley may wear a Rolex Daytona, they surely aren’t this early, nor this important, and they most definitely don’t go up to 300 units.  Click here for the details of this 1963 Rolex Daytona with a 300 unit bezel, one of the earliest Cosmographs you’ll ever see.


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