Fueled by the exciting world of automobile racing Rolex launched a new chronograph watch in 1963 called the Cosmograph, which later was officially called the Cosmograph Daytona as a nod to the city considered to be the heart of motorsports. With its sporty look, masculine appeal, and practical tachymetric scale on the bezel, the Rolex Daytona steadily gained a reputation for being the ultimate luxury chronograph watch.
Among the popular Daytona chronograph collection is a particular set of vintage watches referred to as the Daytona “Paul Newman”. Very much in demand by Rolex collectors, Daytona Paul Newman watches command a very high price. To be considered a Paul Newman it must be a Daytona with the reference numbers 6239, 6241, 6262, 6263, 6264 or 6265, and sport what is referred to as an “exotic” dial. The telltale signs of a Paul Newman Daytona can all be found on the subsidiary dials: Art Deco font, square accents on the indexes, and the 15, 30, 45, and 60 numerals (rather than 20, 40, and 60) on the subdial at 9 o’clock. Lastly, the three subsidiary dials of a Paul Newman Daytona are always in a contrasting color to the main dial.
The Rolex Cosmograph Daytona is available in a range of metals, bracelet styles, dial variations, and bezel materials for a chronograph collection that is truly versatile. Rolex’s modern Daytona watches have a 40mm sized Oyster case and the most luxurious versions of these chronographs are crafted in 18k pink gold, 18k white gold, 18k yellow gold, or platinum. The Cosmograph Daytona is also offered in the stainless steel and yellow gold two-tone Rolesor configuration and of course, full stainless steel Daytonas are among the most cherished. Bezel options for the Daytona include steel, gold, and Cerachrom ceramic. At the 2016 Baselworld Fair, Rolex made waves within the luxury watch community by finally presenting a full stainless steel Daytona equipped with a black Cerachrom bezel. It’s the Daytona that watch fans have been wanting for a very long time.
The used market for Rolex Cosmograph Daytona watches offers shoppers a larger variety of models from the collection’s 50-year history including vintage, modern, and discontinued references. Naturally, a pre-owned Rolex watch is available at much lower prices, thus allowing buyers the chance to own a Daytona that they may otherwise not be able to afford at full retail prices.