The history of Rolex Daytona

Rolex Daytona watches

History of the Rolex Daytona watch

A legendary chronograph that appeared at the start of the 1960s, the Daytona by Rolex bears the name of an American city famous for its car racing. The Rolex Daytona was not an instant hit. It was not until the end of the 1960s that the myth was born, thanks to Paul Newman (in the film “Winning” from 1969), then Jean-Paul Belmondo (in “Fear Over the City” and “Hunter Will Get You” in the 1970s).

Rolex Daytona watches were initially mechanical, before being fitted with automatic movements in 1988. Designed for racing drivers, it boasts the features of a high-precision tool. The Rolex Daytona features a central hand to measure time to an accuracy of 1/8 second and two counters; the counter at 6 o’clock measures hours lapsed and the counter at 3 o’clock measures minutes lapsed.

Style of the Rolex Daytona

A large sports watch, the Rolex Daytona is a classic Rolex model, together with the Submariner, the GMT-Master and the Datejust.

Value of the Rolex Daytona

Rolex Daytona watches are a must when it comes to luxury watches on the second-hand market. According to LuxPrice-Index, 16% of Rolex watches in volume and 37% in value sold at auctions are Rolex Daytona watches. As such, the average price of a Rolex Daytona has multiplied by 2 in 12 years on the second-hand market.

As with all watches available on Collector Square, Rolex Daytona watches are entirely examined, appraised, checked and guaranteed for 1 year by our specialist watchmakers in our workshop. The movement is monitored to ensure its authenticity based on its reference and age. All our Rolex Daytona watches are dispatched worldwide within 24 hours.

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