The most important thing about the replica Rolex Daytona What you should know about the chronograph icon Rolex Daytona replica
Discover the Rolex Daytona replica : The chronograph designed especially for racers, he is one of the most famous timepieces and a sought-after collector’s item. After a start from the second row, he quickly became a myth. Today, the famous Daytona in steel has been the object of desire for many since Hollywood star Paul Newman wore an early version of the model. But not only that contributes to the success of the model: Rolex does not bring nearly as many Daytonas on the market, as could actually be sold. This, of course, fuels the desire for the most desirable replica watch in the world. The following article provides an overview of the history of the Daytona as well as info, pictures, wrist shots on the current models.
Chronographs by Rolex replica
The fame of the replica Rolex brand is mainly the responsibility of Datejust, fake Day-Date, Submariner and GMT-Master. For many years, the manufactory focused on watches with three hands – stop measurements were not in the foreground of the waterproof Oyster collection. Although Rolex also produced chronographs, but these with foreign works and in ordinary, classic cases without special waterproofness. Only later did they begin to equip the Oyster cases with chronograph movements.
The Pre-Daytonas replica
The name was initially neither “Cosmograph” nor “Daytona” chosen – although the former was registered since 1953 for Rolex. On the dial of the reference 6234, which was built between 1955 and 1961 and cost around $ 200 at the beginning of the sixties, stood simply “chronograph”. Every year about 500 copies left the workshops of Rolex. A special success was the clock not granted: The first models were often for years at the dealers, as other manufacturers had long been established on the topic of chronograph.
Today, the so-called Pre-Daytonas are rare and sought after: 20,000 us are just the starting price in one of the rare models with silver or black dial in stainless steel case.
How the chronograph got the name “Daytona”
At the beach of replica Daytona, Florida, speed races were held starting in 1903, where new records were regularly set up. One of the most successful racers on the circuit was Sir Malcom Campbell, who improved his own world records year after year in his “Bluebird” after his biggest competitor, Henry Segrave, was killed in a boating accident. As a British world record holder Campell wore a Rolex in the 1930s – and also in the race. The robustness of his Oyster convinced him, as a telegram to Rolex from the year 1935 proves: “Yesterday in the record attempt worn Rolex watch, runs in spite of heavy demands still magnificent”.
The later race track of Daytona, an elongated oval with a slight kink, ran partly on the beach and the other half on the shore road. It was not until 1959 that the first races were completely on tarmac, at the recently opened Daytona International Speedway, which was the fastest track in the United States at the time and one of the first “super speed bikes” in the world.
Rolex began its involvement as official timekeeper in 1962 , and a year later, the Cosmograph reference 6239 appeared . The nickname “Daytona” gave it to Rolex in the same year to emphasize its connection to the image-laden races. Thus, the winner of a race not only won a trophy, but also the cosmographers designed for racers. And because the replica Rolex Daytona was built for racers, the tachymeter scale on the bezel was significantly larger than most other manufacturers.
Only slowly does “Daytona” find the dial
The name “Daytona” was found in the first few years only on some dials, since these models were intended only for the American market. Gradually, the lettering on all Daytona dials arrived: semicircular, in red letters above the totalizator at six o’clock.
The replica Rolex Daytona “Paul Newman”
Said reference 6239 attracted a prominent sponsor in the late sixties: Paul Newman. The blue-eyed actor was also a racing driver – successful and fast.
In his peak times he had his own racing team. His Daytona also accompanied him during the races. Characteristic of the so-called “Paul Newman dial” of a Rolex Daytona was the minute hand with seconds on the dial rim. She wore the same contrasting color as the three totalisers, in some cases with a red graduation. In order to further improve the readability, Rolex additionally provided the totalizers with the so-called “block indexes”. In the 1980s, for example, collectors gave watches of this type the epithet “Paul Newman”.
Such a clock can bring up to 100,000 us at auctions. There are blatant differences. The original Newman watch has a white dial with black totalizers and large, easy-to-read, Art Deco-style digits.
The other dial variant with small, simpler numbers in the sub-dials is already available for 30,000 to 40,000 us. The increase in value is immense: at the end of the eighties, these watches were auctioned for the equivalent of 3,000 to 4,000 us, so the price has increased almost tenfold.
The Daytona, which Paul Newman actually wore on his wrist, reappeared in the early summer of 2017: it was given to the auction house Phillips by a certain James Cox, a good friend of Newman and former partner of his daughter. Paul Newman had once received the watch from his wife as a gift, she had the caseback engraved with the words “Drive carefully”. On October 26, 2017, the clock was auctioned in New York.
Keep your eyes open when buying a replica Rolex Daytona
When buying a Rolex Daytona replica watches you should exercise caution. Firstly, a standard Daytona quickly turns into a “Paul Newman”: Experts believe that more fake than real Newman dials are in circulation. On the other hand, even complete watches are often not original, but assembled from different parts as so-called Mariage.
The Valjoux caliber 72 was used in all classic Daytona hand-wound models as a drive in various stages of development. Rolex has comprehensively worked on the movement, provided it with its own shock protection and fitted it in gold or steel housing. The mass production also facilitates the fake, as it is to have in nameless chronographs for a few hundred us. The differences between the caliber variants only become apparent at second glance. Therefore, such watches should only be purchased from reputable auction houses or dealers; In addition, always a check with the manufacturer is advisable.
However, large-scale production technology also has advantages: Replacement parts for the movement are easy to find, and also housing components such as crown, tube or Plexiglas can be replaced with original parts.
The milestones of the Rolex Daytona
In 1965 Rolex switched to bolted pushers with the reference 6240 , which sealed the watch in a similar hermetic manner as the Oyster models without stop function. On the increased waterproofness was now also indicated on the dial: The caption “Cosmograph” has been supplemented by “Oyster”. In addition, the watches received black lunettes with acrylic inlay . Extremely rare – and only built in 1970 – is the reference 6262, which returns to the engraved steel bezel and unscrewed pushers. The factory also changed: Rolex increased the frequency of the Valjoux caliber from 18,000 to 21,600 vibrations per hour .
The reference 6264 from the years 1970 to 1972 took over this work, but used in contrast to the 6262 the lunette insert made of acrylic and the screwed pushers. The last series with manual wind movement were the references 6263 and 6265, which were produced from 1971 to 1988. Particularly valuable is the former variant: In 2013, the auction house Christie’s proposed such a watch for just under a million Swiss francs – an absolute record price.
The first Rolex Daytona replica with automatic lift
In 1988, the mechanical clock was actually a relic of ancient times – the quartz technology had long spread around. Rolex decided to develop the Daytona into an automatic watch during this difficult phase . However, the work did not come from its own production, but from Zenith: The El Primero, which has been built almost unchanged since 1969, has an increased balance frequency of 36,000 vibrations per hour. Rolex heavily reworked the work, calling it caliber 4030, Among other things, the frequency was reduced to 28,800 vibrations, resulting in a higher gear duration and longer service intervals. For example, Rolex certified the new models as a COSC chronometer. This was also reflected on the dial: From now on, not only “Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona” was read, but also “Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified”. In addition, the rings known to date were introduced around the totalizers. But not only on the dial, there were changes. The case of 36 millimeters in diameter grew to 40 millimeters and now protected the crown.
Now also the desire for the sporty chronograph changed: Waiting periods of three years were no longer a rarity for Daytona buyers. Rolex continued to offer the models in steel and yellow gold, which were later supplemented by Bicolorvarianten and other gold tones.
On the second hand market, the bicolor models from the late eighties or from the early nineties are the cheapest: The prices start at about 7,000 us. Steel models from this period in good condition are a lot more expensive with prices starting from 14,000 us (price search Chrono24). Again, buy with open eyes, preferably at the renowned jeweler or auction house . Papers and box are indeed value-enhancing, but not a criterion for the authenticity of a clock, because even this accessory is masterfully forged.
With automatic manufacture movement, the replica Rolex Daytona becomes an absolute classic
At the turn of the millennium Rolex set new standards and presented the Daytona for the first time with in-house movement : The 4130 caliber built to date has 44 jewels, 72 hours of gear autonomy and the Rolex-typical Kif shock absorbers for balance and escape wheel. A vertical clutch allows smooth start of the stop second hand, and the chronograph functions are – as with the Zenith caliber – controlled by a ratchet wheel.
Externally, the change is only recognizable on the dial: The tracking second has wandered from nine to six, and the pointer eyes of the minute and hour counter are now slightly above the center axis.
For 16 years now, the Daytona with manufactory movement has been in existence, and for eleven years it has owned the Rolex Parachrom Bleu spiral. The prices are high – young used watches in steel cost almost as much as a new copy . The shown platinum version with brown ceramic bezel is an anniversary model, which was launched for the 50th anniversary of the Daytona.
Dial variants of the replica Rolex Daytona – the technical language of the Rolex fans
Among the die-hard Rolex fans, their own language has developed over the years when they talk about variants or dials – with their own technical terms and nicknames. Since the Rolex Daytona is one of the most popular models of the brand, there are also special names for dial variants:
When the Rolex fan talks about the Racing Dial, it means a dial for the Daytona in white gold. The model was available from about 2009 to 2016. The dial of this Rolex Daytona is reminiscent of the panda dials (in these watch faces, the sub-dials of the chronograph in contrast to the rest of the dial contrast particularly clearly) of the manual winding Daytonas. The Arabic numerals are similar to the speedometer aligned to the center and give the Rolex dial his name.
“Reversed Six” – that’s the translation and describes the dial variant excellently. If the Rolex fan talks about the Inverted Six, it means a leaf variant of the Daytona automatic models. In the hourly total of the chronograph until the mid-1990s, the number six aligned to the middle. So she was “reversed”.
The latest variants of the Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona
For Baselworld 2016, Rolex presented two new stainless steel variants of their coveted classic: The Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona is available with a white or black dial. That black totalizers are combined with a bright dial and bright sub-dials with a black dial is nothing new. Already at the first Daytonas Rolex relied on the contrast to produce a better readability. New in 2016 are the black totalizer circles and the black Cerachrom monobloc bezel . This black ceramic bezel is reminiscent of the 1965 model, which also has a black bezel – but of plexiglass. The price of the two new Daytonas of 2016 is $ 11,300 each.
With the patented Cerachrom monoblock tachymeter bezel, the wearer can average speeds up to 400 kilometers per hour. For this, the scale is worked out before the heat treatment at 1,500 degrees Celsius in the ceramic mass and then coated in the PVD process (physical vapor deposition, physical vapor deposition) with a platinum layer. Thus, the bezel is characterized by a special contrast sharpness. In addition, it is scratch-resistant, corrosion-resistant and the color protected from UV light. The Cerachrom monobloc bezel was first used in 2011 on a Daytona made of Everose gold and also graced the anniversary platinum Daytona from 2013.
The Chronos editorial team has snatched and extensively tested one of the first new Daytona models delivered in Germany. Whether waiting for the currently most sought-after watch in the world pays off, the article reveals:
In 2017, Rolex introduced the Daytona in yellow, white and everose gold. The case diameter of 40 millimeters, the Cerachrom bezel and the automatic caliber 4130 with Rolex certificate “Chronometer of superlatives” were adopted. The current prices: from 25,000 us in yellow gold, from 26,150 us in white gold, from 26,150 us in Everose gold – each with Oysterflexband, which receives the Daytona 2017 for the first time. With precious metal bands, the watches are each around 7,000 to 8,000 us more expensive, sometimes they are available with diamond dials to choose from.
The following picture gallery shows the current Daytona models live and on the wrist:
Certification of the Rolex Daytona as a “chronometer of superlatives”
In 2015, Rolex was certified as a “chronometer of superlatives”on. This new precision standard certifies that the watch underwent a series of Rolex-owned tests. The certification is done not only at the factory, but on the fully assembled clock. The gear tolerance of a “superlative” chronometer after shelling is about -2 / + 2 seconds per day. Thus, the precision criteria are more than twice as strict as those of COSC. The status “Chronometer of superlatives” is additionally associated with a five-year international warranty. The Rolex watches will continue to be tested by the COSC. The new variants of the Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona introduced in 2016 now bear the green seal and are therefore considered the “chronometer of superlatives”. As the 2016 Rolex Daytona looks live,