Roger Federer Shows Us His Vintage Rolex Daytona 6263, Confirms Its Existence

Last year, we spotted Roger Federer wearing what looked to be a vintage IB011012/B968-TT replica during a press conference at the US Open. But, we had to wonder, would a Rolex ambassador really wear a vintage piece so publicly? This sparked the idea that what we were seeing was actually a prototype steel Daytona with a cerachrom bezel - because, after all, Rolex did release a rose gold Daytona last year with a black bezel. Commentors chimed in saying the case looked too big to be a vintage piece, and the white sub-dials didn't look in proportion for a Rolex Daytona Automatic Two Tone with White, and the bracelet looked all wrong (which is a silly argument because you can put a modern bracelet on a vintage watch very easily). We were so intrigued by the matter that we actually secured courtside seats to Federer's next match at the Open, and brought a big old lens to see if we couldn't capture the watch in greater detail. No such luck, as he was wearing a modern Daytona the next day out. Well, now we know exactly what Mr. Federer was wearing last year thanks to the video above produced by Rolex Here, Federer shows us three watches that he personally owns and wears, and the story behind them all. The most interesting? Yup, a Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Reference 6263 from 1981 - a watch that was given to him by his wife on his 30th birthday. You can see the watch in detail in the video above. So, that just about settles that. No prototype steel Daytona slip-up - and to think we ever doubted the awesome power of the Rolex mothership.... Though, it's still only a matter of time before we see a steel Daytona with a black ceramic bezel. Also, Federer admits that Rolex is in the habit of engraving his watches to mark special occasions, such as wins of majors, specifically for him. Pretty, pretty cool. It's been a good month so far for Swiss sports stars. Last week we showed you cyclist, Fabian Cancellara, leading the Tour de France with his IWCs. And today, we'd be remiss if we didn't congratulate another Basel native, Rolex ambassador Roger Federer, for winning this year's Wimbledon men's singles championship. Federer did so in fine form on Sunday, defeating (Rado ambassador) Andy Murray in their final match (and after getting past Audemars Piguet man, Novak Djokovic in the semifinals). It's perhaps no coincidence that Rolex is Wimbledon's official timer, and that Federer is a huge Rolex guy. Wimbledon is Fed's favorite tournament and he's been able to clutch the winner's trophy seven times after strapping on one Rolex or another (and maybe the odd Maurice LaCroix). This year, his watch of choice for the trophy presentation was an Everose Day-Date II. Congratulations, Roger!