Rolex Daytona 6265


A watch born to race 

Words - Taj Hayer 

Photography - Nicholas Andrews

Shot on location at Watchfinder, Royal Exchange London 

Designed to meet the demands of professional racing drivers, the Rolex Daytona is the ultimate watch for those with a passion for driving and speed. First launched in 1963, the watch has become iconic as a high-performing, functional necessity in the world of motor sports.


Named after Daytona beach, where the very first automobile races were held and many new speed records were set. In 1962, Rolex served as Daytona’s official timekeeper and named their Cosmograph Reference, launched the following year was nicknamed Daytona to emphasis the affiliation with the race track. The original model quickly gained a celebrity following, with most noticeably Paul Newman wearing a Rolex Daytona on his races. The 6265 model introduced many different types of dials, including the very popular Red Daytona, as well as the gold models. It also featured a winding crown bigger than on previous versions. Equipped with calibre 4130, a self-winding mechanical chronograph movement and it features fewer components than a standard chronograph, enhancing the movements reliability and allows for a power reserve from 50 to 72 hours. 


Having been produced from 1970s - 1987, the Rolex Daytona 6265 is now considered to be a rare find. It was the first Daytona to bear screw down pushers and crown and a thicker construction for greater water resistance. 

From £89,950 and available from Rolex at Watchfinder.