« Big Red » full set
Iconic and sublim design, the « Big Red » generation of the Daytona certainly helped building the legend of ROLEX as a brand. It is one of its best seller and an analogy with the sports cars universe would say it is the 911 of the wrist! The « Big Red » is the third dial generation of this reference and came after the « Sigma » dial. It was produced from 1975 until 1987. The presented timepiece is the favourite Daytona configuration of Mr. Paul Newman as he kept this version and gifted instead James Cox with the exotic dial version of Daytona 6239 back in 1984.
Serial: 5.50x.xxx (sold in Dec 1977)
Dial: absolutely flawless black dial with creamy subregisters providing an instant vintage look to the timepiece. All the tritium dots are perfect and they all react well under the UV test (glow green & vanish quickly). The handset is also featuring original tritium luminous.
Case: no signs or hints of existing polishing history given the thickness of the lugs and of the case all retaining original shapes and proportions. The factory satin finish is still visible and the distance of the holes from the edges is large & equidistant.
Pushers: MK2 (with circular line)
Mouvement: Valjoux 727. Caseback engraved 6263 CRS (Charles René Spielmann, a friend of Rolex founder Hans Wildorf who was supplying parts for the company).
Bracelet: Rolex oyster bracelet 78350/19 with 571 end links. « AB7 » clasp.
Box & Papers: Rolex presentation box, cover box, original guarantee, booklet, tag, calendar.
A « vintage at its best » icon in PERFECT condition that should belong to any curated collection.