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Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Weissgold Silver Dial 116509 LC100
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Weissgold Silver Dial 116509 LC100
£24,475
Seller
Uhren2000 GmbH
202
DE
Rolex DAYTONA 116509 NEUVE à 464€/mois
Rolex DAYTONA 116509 NEUVE à 464€/mois
£26,784
Seller
A PORTEE DE MAIN
 
FR
Rolex Daytona 16520 Zenith 1995
Rolex Daytona 16520 Zenith 1995
£11,830
Seller
Phigora
58
US
Rolex Daytona (White dial)
Rolex Daytona (White dial)
£11,750
Seller
Private seller
 
UK
Rolex Paul Newman Cosmograph Daytona
Rolex Paul Newman Cosmograph Daytona
£60,000
Seller
Private seller
 
UK
Rolex 116505A Rose Gold Diamond Baguettes Dial
Rolex 116505A Rose Gold Diamond Baguettes Dial
£24,937
Seller
AMU LUXURY CORP
 
US
Rolex Daytona Full Set almost looks unworn
Rolex Daytona Full Set almost looks unworn
£19,250
Free shipping
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M J GILLAN LTD
UK
Rolex Daytona JULY 2017
Rolex Daytona JULY 2017
£13,950
Seller
WatchTraderUK
 
UK
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona black full set N.O.S.  116520
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona black full set N.O.S. 116520
£14,777
Seller
TempoInverso.com / Gift and Communication LTD
UK
Rolex Gents 18CT W Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona
Rolex Gents 18CT W Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona
£15,950
Seller
Private seller
 
UK
Rolex Daytona
Rolex Daytona
£14,995
Seller
Private seller
 
UK
Rolex Daytona Black Dial 40mm Ref. 116520 (With Rolex Box)
Rolex Daytona Black Dial 40mm Ref. 116520 (With Rolex Box)
£9,420
Free shipping
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Watch Center London
291
UK
Rolex Daytona
Rolex Daytona
£24,995
Seller
Maunder Watch Co
 
UK
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona White Gold Sky Blue Dial Diamond 116519
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona White Gold Sky Blue Dial Diamond 116519
£14,995
Seller
Time 4 Diamonds DMCC Ltd
11
UK
Rolex Daytona 116515LN 18k Rose chocolate Box&card
Rolex Daytona 116515LN 18k Rose chocolate Box&card
£17,086
Seller
AMU LUXURY CORP
 
US
Rolex 18k Rose Gold Unworn Cosmograph Daytona B&P 116505
Rolex 18k Rose Gold Unworn Cosmograph Daytona B&P 116505
£22,750
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
54
UK
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 18ct Everose Gold "Full Set"
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 18ct Everose Gold "Full Set"
£20,500
Seller
Watch Club
9
UK
Rolex Daytona black Superlative chroma light  full set
Rolex Daytona black Superlative chroma light full set
£12,838
Seller
TempoInverso.com / Gift and Communication LTD
UK
Rolex Daytona Stainless Steel Gents 116520
Rolex Daytona Stainless Steel Gents 116520
£10,495
Free shipping
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Xupes.com
44
UK
Rolex Daytona
Rolex Daytona
£22,860
Seller
Private seller
UK
Rolex Daytona Steel White Dial (With Rolex Box)
Rolex Daytona Steel White Dial (With Rolex Box)
£9,143
Free shipping
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Watch Center London
291
UK
Rolex Daytona
Rolex Daytona
£12,500
Seller
Maunder Watch Co
 
UK
Rolex Daytona Ever Rose Gold 116505
Rolex Daytona Ever Rose Gold 116505
£18,950
Seller
Armour Winston Ltd
UK
Rolex Daytona Platinum | Ice Blue Dial and Brown Ceramic Bezel
Rolex Daytona Platinum | Ice Blue Dial and Brown Ceramic Bezel
£41,000
Free shipping
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Freddie Keeble Watches & Diamonds
UK
Rolex 18k Y/G Champagne Newman Dial Cosmograph Daytona B&P...
Rolex 18k Y/G Champagne Newman Dial Cosmograph Daytona B&P...
£15,750
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
54
UK
Rolex Daytona Steel and Yellow Gold Watch with Black Dial 116523
Rolex Daytona Steel and Yellow Gold Watch with Black Dial 116523
£9,750
Seller
Time 4 Diamonds DMCC Ltd
11
UK
Rolex Daytona cosmograph Rolex superlative box & paper unused
Rolex Daytona cosmograph Rolex superlative box & paper unused
£13,392
Seller
TempoInverso.com / Gift and Communication LTD
UK
Rolex Daytona Stainless Steel & 18k Yellow Gold Gents 116523
Rolex Daytona Stainless Steel & 18k Yellow Gold Gents 116523
£10,895
Free shipping
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Xupes.com
44
UK
Rolex Daytona
Rolex Daytona
£9,995
Seller
The Cheshire Watch Company Ltd
UK
Rolex Daytona Black Dial Random 2015 (No Papers)
Rolex Daytona Black Dial Random 2015 (No Papers)
£10,620
Free shipping
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Watch Center London
291
UK
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona "Everose & Ceramic"
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona "Everose & Ceramic"
£16,500
Seller
Watch Club
9
UK
Rolex Daytona Sodalite Dial 116589
Rolex Daytona Sodalite Dial 116589
£27,500
Seller
Armour Winston Ltd
UK
Rolex Daytona Rose Gold 116505 Pink Dial - Pink Gold
Rolex Daytona Rose Gold 116505 Pink Dial - Pink Gold
£20,200
Free shipping
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Freddie Keeble Watches & Diamonds
UK
Rolex S/Steel Black Dial Cosmograph Daytona Gents B&P 116520
Rolex S/Steel Black Dial Cosmograph Daytona Gents B&P 116520
£10,250
Free shipping
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
54
UK
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona in Steel with Rainbow Diamond Bezel...
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona in Steel with Rainbow Diamond Bezel...
£14,995
Seller
Time 4 Diamonds DMCC Ltd
11
UK
Rolex Daytona 116520 rare white  APH dial
Rolex Daytona 116520 rare white APH dial
£11,000
Free shipping
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Global Watch Shop
 
UK
Rolex Daytona Stainless Steel Gents 116520
Rolex Daytona Stainless Steel Gents 116520
£10,495
Free shipping
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Xupes.com
44
UK
Rolex Daytona
Rolex Daytona
£9,995
Seller
The Cheshire Watch Company Ltd
UK
Rolex Daytona 6262 Paul Newman - 6262
Rolex Daytona 6262 Paul Newman - 6262
price on request
Seller
OfficialWatches.com
UK
Rolex Daytona MOP dial
Rolex Daytona MOP dial
price on request
Seller
Swisstimemachine
 
UK
Rolex Daytona Zenith A series Mint condition & full set...
Rolex Daytona Zenith A series Mint condition & full set...
£22,074
Seller
TempoInverso.com / Gift and Communication LTD
UK
Rolex Daytona Rose Gold | Chocolate Brown Dial | 2016 116505
Rolex Daytona Rose Gold | Chocolate Brown Dial | 2016 116505
£21,000
Free shipping
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Freddie Keeble Watches & Diamonds
UK
Rolex 18k Y/G Rainbow Sapphire Bezel Dia Daytona B&P...
Rolex 18k Y/G Rainbow Sapphire Bezel Dia Daytona B&P...
£168,500
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
54
UK
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Stainless Steel Black/Index 116520
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Stainless Steel Black/Index 116520
£13,995
Seller
Time 4 Diamonds DMCC Ltd
11
UK
Rolex Daytona 116503 White Dial
Rolex Daytona 116503 White Dial
£10,950
Free shipping
Seller
Global Watch Shop
 
UK
Rolex Daytona Patrizzi Stainless Steel Gents 16520
Rolex Daytona Patrizzi Stainless Steel Gents 16520
£25,995
Free shipping
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Xupes.com
44
UK
Rolex Daytona
Rolex Daytona
£22,833
Seller
H&Y Jewellery
12
UK
Rolex Daytona 6263 BIG RED - 6263
Rolex Daytona 6263 BIG RED - 6263
£68,895
Seller
OfficialWatches.com
UK
Rolex Daytona 18k Gold Steel
Rolex Daytona 18k Gold Steel
£8,773
Free shipping
Seller
Watch Center London
291
UK
Rolex Daytona cosmograph white dial full set 116520
Rolex Daytona cosmograph white dial full set 116520
£11,914
Seller
TempoInverso.com / Gift and Communication LTD
UK
Rolex Daytona
Rolex Daytona
£28,995
Seller
The Cheshire Watch Company Ltd
UK
Rolex 18k W/G Unworn O/P MOP Dial Dia Set Daytona B&P...
Rolex 18k W/G Unworn O/P MOP Dial Dia Set Daytona B&P...
£49,950
Free shipping
Seller
Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
54
UK
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Bimetal White Dial 116523
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Bimetal White Dial 116523
£10,125
Seller
Time 4 Diamonds DMCC Ltd
11
UK
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona  Stickered "5 Year Warranty"
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Stickered "5 Year Warranty"
£15,950
Seller
Watch Club
9
UK
Rolex Daytona Stainless Steel Gents 116520
Rolex Daytona Stainless Steel Gents 116520
£11,295
Free shipping
Seller
Xupes.com
44
UK
Rolex Daytona
Rolex Daytona
£20,500
Seller
Rich Time Ltd
 
UK
Rolex Daytona
Rolex Daytona
£8,676
Seller
Private seller
 
US
Rolex Watch Daytona 116523
Rolex Watch Daytona 116523
£10,250
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Rolex Daytona 116518 18K Yellow Gold 2017 Service Sealed
Rolex Daytona 116518 18K Yellow Gold 2017 Service Sealed
£14,950
Free shipping
Seller
WatchCollectors.co.uk
5
UK
Rolex Daytona
Rolex Daytona
£9,195
Seller
Swiss Watch Company Ltd.
142
UK
Rolex S/S APH Error White Dial Cosmograph Daytona B&P 116520
Rolex S/S APH Error White Dial Cosmograph Daytona B&P 116520
£11,950
Free shipping
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
54
UK
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Stainless Steel Black Dial 116500LN
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Stainless Steel Black Dial 116500LN
£14,500
Seller
Time 4 Diamonds DMCC Ltd
11
UK

From 0 to 60: The Rolex Daytona

The Daytona is another member of the Rolex family. Sporty and functional, it's an icon of this Swiss manufacturer and was popularized by actor and racecar driver Paul Newman. It is one of the most coveted timepieces among watch enthusiasts.

Highlights

  • One of the most famous chronographs (stopwatches) worldwide
  • High-quality chronometer: in-house caliber 4130
  • Available in stainless steel, gold, or platinum
  • Popular with celebrities and athletes
  • Coveted collector's model: the Paul Newman Daytona

An Icon Among Chronographs

Rolex introduced the Cosmograph Daytona to the market in 1963, one year after the first long-distance car race took place in Daytona. The chronograph watch was named after the famous racetrack in Daytona Beach, Florida, and is an anomaly for the Geneva-based brand most known for prestigious watches with three hands. Some of the manufacturer's most famous models are the Submariner and the Datejust.
When the Daytona premiered in 1963, its dial featured the word "Chronograph." Starting in 1965, designers added the word "Cosmograph," and later that year "Daytona" was also added. Cosmograph refers to the fact that Rolex would have gladly built the official "Moonwatch" for NASA. The term has been registered under their name since 1953. The watch eventually became the perfect racing timepiece, and the winners of the Daytona Continental races received a Cosmograph Daytona as their prize.

What to Look for in a Rolex Daytona

Are you looking for one of the most well-known chronographs there is? If so, the Rolex Daytona is the right watch for you. Join the ranks of fellow Rolex fans such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Niki Lauda, or Paul Newman, who've all worn Rolex chronographs. Collectors even named certain models after Newman, a successful racecar driver and horse racer. The characteristic feature of this timepiece is a contrasting seconds ring on the edge of the dial. Models from the 1960s with reference number 6239 regularly sell at auctions for more than 100,000 euros. However, not all of the watches are more than six figures. You can buy a pre-worn Cosmograph Daytona for around 8,000 euros, and a new model for around 10,000. The bicolor stainless steel and 18-karat yellow gold models are in this price range as well. Watches made from solid gold cost 20,000 euros or more, and the platinum models are around 45,000 euros.

Buying Tips

  • Available in stainless steel, gold and stainless steel, solid gold, or platinum
  • Prices for used watches start around 8,000 euros
  • Rare collector's pieces: reference number 6239 Paul Newman (costs more than 100,000 euros)
  • Powered by the in-house caliber 4130 since 2001
  • Leather or three-piece link band

Alternatives from Other Brands

Paul Newman and the Rolex Daytona

Actor and racing driver Paul Newman is one of the most well-known Rolex Daytona wearers. This watch with three subdials, two pushers, and a tachymetric scale on its bezel enthralled Newman. The model with reference number 6239 was a particular favorite of his during the late 1960s. He wore his Rolex Daytona during races, which only added to its fame. Models with a contrasting seconds ring on the dial were nicknamed "Paul Newman" by collectors in the 1980s. These versions are treasured by watch enthusiasts and sell for astronomical prices at auctions, sometimes reaching the six-figure range. The original Newman chronograph featured a white dial with three black subdials and large, easy-to-read Arabic numerals. Even more coveted are the last models which featured manual winding calibers from the 70s. Christie's auctioned off one of these watches in 2013 for nearly one million Swiss francs.

Racing Watches

The designers developed the Daytona for racecar drivers. The original version of the watch included a chronograph function which measured periods of up to 12 hours. The dial was well laid out and easy to read, with a 30-minute counter at the three o'clock position and a small seconds counter at the nine o'clock position. The tachymetric scale on the bezel allowed the wearer to measure average speed over a certain distance. Unlike other manufacturers, Rolex engraved a much larger scale on the bezel, which was made of stainless steel at the time.
The 1960s Daytona was powered by the manual winding caliber Valjoux 72. Production of the manual winding watches ended in 1976, when Rolex presented the first automatic Daytona watches. The Geneva-based manufacturer introduced further improvements to their chronographs at Baselworld 1988. The automatic chronographs presented there were powered by the caliber 4030. This movement is based on the El Primero watch by Zenith, which vibrates at 336,000 alternations per hour (A/h). Rolex watchmakers didn't like this higher frequency of 5 Hz, nor the El Primero's date display. Therefore, they completely reworked the Zenith caliber. The design engineers ended up rebuilding almost half of the movement's components. For example, the balance wheel now oscillates at 28,000 A/h. The well-known Breguet spiral was also added to the caliber. The movement is regulated via the usual Rolex system of Microstella nuts, which are located on the inner side of the now larger balance wheel. This is unlike most standard movements, which are regulated via a so-called regulator. The steel versions were the most sought after, resulting in incredibly long waiting lists. They're still just as popular today.

New Calibers for the New Century

The Daytona with reference number 116520 was one of the highlights of Baselworld 2001. The stainless steel watch featured the in-house automatic caliber 4130. The first chronograph movement from Rolex premiered a year earlier in the gold version of Daytona. The movement has a diameter of 30.5 mm and is 6.5 mm thick. It features 44 ruby jewel bearings and its balance wheel vibrates at 28,800 A/h. The small second hand stays still even while the time is being set. The movement has an impressive power reserve of 72 hours when the chronograph is off and 66 hours when it's on. The balance wheel and escape wheel are protected from jolts by the Kif shock protection system from KIF Parechoc. Since 2005, the balance spring has been unaffected by magnetic fields thanks to Rolex's patented Parachrom hairspring, developed in-house.
The design of the Daytona has barely changed in the 21st century. The case is identical to its predecessor; only the dial has been altered slightly and adapted to fit the in-house chronograph movement. The small second hand is now located at six o'clock, while on the "El Primero" Daytona it was at the nine o'clock position. For the watch's 50-year anniversary in 2013, Rolex introduced a platinum version with a brown Cerachrom ceramic bezel. This complements the stainless steel and bicolor models perfectly. The bicolor Daytonas feature bezels, pushers, and crowns made of yellow gold, as well as gold middle links on the bracelets.

Technical Highlights

  • Powered by the in-house caliber 4130 since 2001
  • Balance wheel frequency: 28,800 alternations per hour
  • Set the time to the exact second thanks to the balance stop
  • 72-hour power reserve
  • Platinum and stainless steel models featuring Cerachrom ceramic bezels since 2013 and 2016, respectively

The Rolex Daytona and the Chronograph Race

The Daytona is on par with chronographs from other manufacturers. Competitors include the Speedmaster by Omega and the Carrera by TAG Heuer. The Speedmaster Professional, also known as the Moonwatch, is one of the Daytona's biggest rivals and part of the Speedmaster collection. This Omega watch was originally developed for car racing, but ended up finding its way to the moon. It was the official watch of NASA and accompanied Buzz Aldrin when he stepped foot on the moon in 1969.
A TAG Heuer watch was the first Swiss watch to make it to space. In 1962, with a Heuer watch on his wrist, the astronaut John Glenn became the first American to orbit Earth. The most well-known chronographs from this La Chaux-de-Fonds-based company include the Carrera, which Heuer introduced in 1963. The watch was named after the Rallye Carrera Panamericana car race. Within a short amount of time, the watch established itself as a worldwide success.

Prestige and Top Quality Precision

The Rolex Daytona unites precision and robustness with precious materials such as gold and platinum. Simultaneously, the watch embodies the feeling and functionality of car racing. After all, there's a reason that racecar driver Jackie Stewart has sworn by Rolex chronographs since 1969. More than any other watch manufacturer, Rolex stands for luxury and prestige. Whoever buys a Rolex has more than just a watch - pieces from this Swiss company are investments. A consistent model range, harmonious designs, and perfect Swiss watchmaking have made this brand a legend adored by both famous personalities and watch lovers alike.