The 6262 is a transitional reference with a short production run

The Rolex 6262 is one of the earliest references in Rolex’s Daytona range. It was part of the first series of Daytonas, a series that ran from 1963 to 1987. These references all had manual wind movements, in contrast with the automatic movements of the watches that came after 1987. These first series Daytonas are highly valued on the used market, and this is especially true for the 6262, largely because it is a very rare reference.

The first seven Daytona references can be divided into three pairs and one outlier. The first group comprises the 6239 and 6241, then there’s the 6262 and 6264, and finally the 6265 and 6263. Within each group, the former has a metallic bezel and the latter a metallic bezel with black acrylic insert. Apart from the bezel, the references within each group are almost identical. In addition to these three pairs you have the 6240, which is kind of a prototype version of the 6263.

The 6262 and 6264 are both transitional references, with characteristics both of the watches preceding them and also of those following them. They both had very short production runs. The 6262 was produced for only one year, between 1970 and 1971, whilst production of the 6264 carried on into 1972.

Due to the unpopularity of the Daytona at that time, this reference had a short production run. Only 9000 stainless steel 6262s were produced, and gold examples are even rarer. It’s estimated that only 30 18kt gold 6262s were ever produced, making the gold 6262 perhaps the rarest ever Daytona and maybe even the rarest ever Rolex.

If you put aside the bezel, these are almost the same watch. They are both 37mm watches with pump pushers, tritium lume, and a tachymeter scale that goes from 50 to 200 units per hour. The 6262 has a domed plexiglass crystal with the tradename ‘Tropic 21’.

This particular crystal appears on all of the first seven references mentioned above; at least on examples of these references produced before 1980. After this year, there was a switch to standard plexiglass on some.

The watch also has a Twinlock 600 crown, the same crown found on all earlier references and on the 6264. It was only with the appearance of the 6263 and 6265 that the updated Twinlock 700 crown was introduced. Lastly, both the 6262 and 6264 have Valjoux 727 movements, the most advanced of all of the Valjoux based movements used in the Daytona range. There were some later versions of these movements (the 728, 729 and 730) but none of these appeared on any Daytonas.

The 6262 and 6264 came with the same dial configurations: either standard or exotic dials. The standard dials were either white with black registers, or alternatively black with white registers. The exotic dials (also called Paul Newman dials) were usually three-colour dials, but two-colour dial 6262s can also be found.


In this section we outline the specifications of the Rolex Daytona 6262








Production Years

c. 1970-71


Time, Chronograph, Tachymeter

Number of Watches Produced (Estimate)

Stainless steel: 9000

18kt Yellow Gold: 30



Lug Width



Pump Push-down


Oyster Twinlock 600


Domed plexiglass (‘Tropic 21’)


Bezel Description

Calibrated metal



50–>200 units/hour


50–>90 units/hour (5-unit intervals)

90–>200 units/hour (10-unit intervals)


Dial Markers


Note: sigmas (σ) flanking the ‘T SWISS T’ designation at the 6 o’clock dial position indicates the hour markers are gold


‘ROLEX COSMOGRAPH’: 12 o’clock

‘DAYTONA’ (not always present): Appears either below 12 o’clock designation or above centre sub-dial in curved red text


Case Material

904L Stainless Steel, 14kt Yellow Gold, 18kt Yellow Gold

Case Type

Oyster (without screw-down pushers)

Case Diameter


Case Thickness


Common Bracelets/Straps

Bracelet Material

904L Stainless Steel, 14kt Yellow Gold, 18kt Yellow Gold

Bracelet Type


Clasp Material

904L Stainless Steel, 14kt Yellow Gold, 18kt Yellow Gold

Clasp Codes

(Indicates date of production)

Letters: A to L = 1976 to 1987; VA to VF = 1976 to 1981

Numbers (not always present) : 1 to 12 = January to December



Rolex (adapted from the base movement Valjoux 72)

Movement Type



Valjoux 727


Valjoux 72

Number of Jewels




Mounting Diameter


Outer Diameter


Shock Device


Power Reserve


More Info on Rolex 6262’s Movements…

The 6262 came with a Valjoux 727 movement. The 727 was an improved version of the 726, a movement never used by Rolex. However, when it comes to Rolex chronographs, the Valjoux 727 can be seen as the successor to the 722-1. Just like this predecessor, the 727 is a manual wind chronograph movement with 17 jewels and a 48-hour power reserve.


Perhaps the rarity of this reference explains why few celebrities own one. However, Ellen DeGeneres has managed to find one and add it to her extensive Daytona collection

Ellen DeGeneres has had a long and successful career as a stand-up comedian, sitcom star, and talk show host. She is currently best known as the star of ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’. DeGeneres is an avid watch collector, with a particular interest in the Daytona range. She was spotted wearing a 6262 with white Paul Newman dial in a publicity photograph.

This particular watch comes either with a red or white outer minute track. Dials with the former are referred to as three-colour dials whilst the latter are two-colour dials. Since this is a small detail, we can’t tell which of these DeGeneres has from the image.


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