To own a Rolex Daytona is to own a piece of racing history. Originally known as the “Le Mans” when it was introduced in 1963 as the Cosmograph, reference 6239, it became the Rolex Daytona in 1964 when Rolex took over sponsorship of the famous Daytona 24 hour races. The watch presented the owner with a timepiece of impeccable styling and was resistant to both shock and moisture making it the perfect timepiece for racing drivers of the era.
The original steel Daytona, reference 16520 was introduced in 1988 and was the first of the new generation with a larger 40MM case size and the Zenith el Primero caliber 4030 movement. This was followed by the 16528 in 18ct solid Gold, a pristine example of which we now offer for sale.
The watch on offer is a 1995 piece with a Gold dial encased within an unmarked Sapphire Crystal glass.
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.
|Material (Case)||18K Gold|
|Bracelet||18K Gold Oyster|
|Papers||No - Certificate of Authenticity supplied|