We should start this section off by stating the first thing we are about to address; we cannot show you any images of. We have seen images that confirm it, but have not been granted permission to publish them. Such is the sensitivity, and therefore intrigue, of this piece.
In 2013, a well-known senior non-executive of Rolex asked to place a very special order: He requested a limited series of coloured Stella dials for manual-wind Daytonas that had already been discontinued. Alongside this there was also a set of coloured Stella dials for the Day-Date collection with sapphire crystals. You might instantly think that such a thing couldn’t be done. The Stella company had disappeared long before 2013 and, while Rolex released a collection of coloured dial Day-Dates in the same year, these were not Stellas.
While the Day-Date dials have not been manufactured specifically for a particular reference, the gold Daytonas were made in less than twenty pieces, four colours, two of which were assigned to each of the two references, 6263 and 6265. Turquoise and green dials with gold subsidiary dials were designated for the reference 6265, and red and yellow dials with black subsidiary dials, for the reference 6263.
None of these Daytonas have made it to the open market, yet. They all still reside in private collections and it is assumed that they haven’t changed hands since they were first purchased. This would mean that they still belong to this former important senior non-executive at Rolex and special clients or friends of Rolex who were also able to get one.