Fasten your seatbelts ladies & gentlemen for the story of the Rolex Daytona, a Chronograph built for the racing circuit, with symmetry and balance at its core.
The original Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona (ref: 6263) is the ultimate tool watch for those with a passion for cars & speed. Originally designed to meet the demands of professional racing drivers but more than 50 years later it still remains in a class of its own amongst sport chronographs. The Daytona will stay a proud & relevant watch for many decades to come.
Combining modern luxury with tradition and prestige, the Daytona is known as the Paul Newman. Named after the Hollywood movie star, with a penchant for the high-performance world of motor sport. Newman popularized the Daytona by wearing it consistently while pursuing his racing career. Decades later, the watch he wore, broke the record for the most expensive Rolex ever auctioned, it sold for $17.8 million in 2017.
The Daytona was introduced in 1963 and has three distinct generations, all three are cosmetically similar but the movements have evolved.
1st Series – 1963 – Hand wound movement
2nd Series - 1988 – Self-winding movement
3rd Series – 2000 – Rolex began to manufacture the movement in house.