Throw Back Thursday – The Rolex 6265 FAP Daytona
This week’s TBT is another gem from the ‘100 Percect Rolex’ archive. The focus this time is the Military Daytona…
This watch is not only a rare Rolex Daytona 6265 Fuerza Aerea del Peru (FAP), but also the most beautiful Daytona I have ever seen with fantastic brown faded subdials and in beautiful condition.
And as it is a Military Rolex Daytona, it’s really rare and a true grail-watch.
The Rolex Fuerza Aerea Del Peru chronographs were produced with model references from 6238 to 6263/5 by Rolex for the Peruvian Air force in limited numbers (circa 700-800) between early 1960 and the mid 1980s, (the case numbers range from 1 to 6 million).
The colaboration between Rolex and the FAP is believed to have been due to the close friendship between the official Rolex dealer of Lima, and the late Heineger, Head of Rolex South America (& father of Patrick Heineger – Director General of Rolex SA).
The Fuerza Aerea Del Peru issued other Rolex watches, such as the Submariner ref 1680, GMT Master 1675 and steel Datejusts.
The Fuerza Aerea Del Peru Cosmographs are often found with the following characteristics:
– Dials from 6239 to 6263/5 usually without the word ‘Daytona’
– Outer caseback engraved with Fuerza Aerea Del Peru (engraved by Rolex, who have a record of the issue numbers) and very lightly engraved delivery numbers (often erased via polishing as with the early Comex 5513/4)
– Inner case backs with specific corresponding serial engravings.