The Rolex Cosmograph Daytona is one of the most unique watches to be offered on the market. It was initially designed to meet racing drivers’ needs for aver speed calculation and elapsed time measurement. It’s basically a stopwatch but a bit more complex. It’s designed with a tachymetric bezel, so speed is measured based on how much time it took to travel over the fixed distance.
The watch became iconic when the wife of race car driver Paul Newman gave it to her husband, and he chose to wear it every day. The name Daytona was adopted in 1963 to become its official name.
According to Rolex, the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona” was “A Watch Born To Race.”
Rolex came up with the mechanical coronagraph wristwatch in the early to mid-1960s (1963) and has been improved upon in three series. The first in 1963, the second in 1988 and the last in 2000. The difference is not found in its aesthetics but in its functional design. The second series replaces the hand-wound design with a self-winding movement, and with the third series, the Rolex brought the movement in-house.
It’s no real surprise then that Project X has chosen to replicate this watch series. After all, they’ve got three things going for them:
• They look awesome
• Have a luxurious history
• Have an eternal look
It’s the kind of watch that every enthusiastic Rolex Cosmograph Daytona watch wearer would want to be seen in and owned. The replica watch is designed to look and feel like the very thing.
The Project X model is incredibly fascinating, as its dial is often called chocolate brown or tropical. It’s important to note that if you’re going to pay more for the limited edition piece, you want to know how it’s been customized. Without this information, it would be wise to invest in the original work.
As such, Project X has designed its watch to have a sapphire case base, allowing the wearer can see inside to learn how the Rolex actually works. It has also been designed with an agile brown leather strap and a genuine Rolex silver buckle. At 37.5mm, it fits the wearer comfortably and will accentuate any outfit.
The watch replica is impressive but doesn’t have the creativity you’d see with the original design. However, it does offer a contrast with its red highlights. While this is excellent news for those looking for something original, there is a bit of negative news to go along with it.
The Replica Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Ref. 6263 with tropical dial is not available via a private sale; It’s only offered at its auction, with an estimated value of up to $60,000. This watch is in pristine condition – scratches or marks. Despite the age of the watch, the original bracelet and case are in immaculate condition. Turn it over, and you’ll find a flawless casevac with Rolex horizontally inscribed on it.
Daytona and Rolex are two well-known names that were synonymous, and even more so when the Daytona Ref. 6239 was produced. During the 1930s, watches were generally tested on people such as athletes.
Hans Wilsdorf decided to make use of the advertising possibility motorsport offered and worked with Sir Malcolm Campbell, leading Rolex to become a key sponsor for the Raceway.
The watch gained popularity after racecar driver Paul Newman received it from his wife, actress Joanne Woodward. Although he was never a Rolex ambassador, he constantly wore the watch and promoted the brand.
Rolex is consistent about one thing in particular – the movements for every chronograph it produces. This reliability is what many have come to recognize about the brand. Although the first Daytona watches were lagging in the chronograph movements, the company improved itself and watches with the automatic calibre to become a highly sought-after watch.
In the beginning, sales for the Daytona watches were slow – perhaps because they were designed with manual calibers. Today’s Daytona watches sell better because of the automatic calibers they were equipped with.
Today, wealthy men and women all around the globe in every field wear the Rolex Daytona due to its timeless and classic design. It is one of the most sought-after watches on the market. As such, the Rolex Daytona has a long waiting list of individuals who want to purchase it, especially in the stainless steel and rose gold versions. It’s a waiting list decades in the making due to its scarcity, rarity and high demand.