WW - Rolex Oyster Chronograph "Daytona," ref 6265, circa 1979, 37mm x 45mm to lug tips, 19mm lug width, original stainless steel screw back Oyster case with screw down round pump pushers, polished steel tachymeter bezel with black painted highlights, original silvered "panda" dial with applied silver baton indices with luminous pip at edge and Daytona written in large red ink, three inset subregisters for minute recording, hour recording and subsidiary seconds, 17J cal 727, adjusted to 3 positions, s#6294396, triple signed with signed clasp, bracelet ref 78350-19 with 571 end links, inside back ref 6263. Includes the original inner and outer boxes as well as the manuals, original punch papers and matching hang tag with serial number. Some time in the mid-1980s, the original owner had the black dial changed for the current silver dial by a Rolex authorized dealer; the owner has since sold the original dial. From the estate of a former NASA engineer of over 40 years who kept this watch in a safety deposit box since the late 1980s.
CONDITION: Mvt: Running, recently serviced and keeping excellent time, mint cosmetic mvt condition overall, no oxide; excellent-plus dial with light spotting along perimeter of minute recording subregister; excellent hands show light spotting; unpolished case shows very little wear, retains all of its original factory finishing, this watch has not been cleaned externally and retains all of the dirt from the original owner on the case and bracelet, no dents or dings; unpolished bracelet shows light wear, hardly any stretch; original Rolex signed Triplock crown shows hardly any wear, original screw down pushers show hardly any wear, good threads; good crystal; resealed for auction. Outer box has light finish loss near seahorse head.
ESTIMATE: $60000 - $120000