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Rolex Daytona
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Rolex Daytona
£14,450
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Charles Martin Watch Company Ltd
 
UK
Rolex Daytona Zenith  16523  6 inverted   BeP
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Rolex Daytona Zenith 16523 6 inverted BeP
£10,711
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Gioielleria Tomaselli
24
IT
Rolex 1997 Mark IV SS Zenith Daytona Black Dial - w/ Box &...
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Rolex 1997 Mark IV SS Zenith Daytona Black Dial - w/ Box &...
£16,488
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Austins Watches Inc.
85
US
Rolex Daytona
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Rolex Daytona
£13,000
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Swiss Time Online
 
UK
Rolex Daytona 116508 Green Dial
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Rolex Daytona 116508 Green Dial
£23,500
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WatchTraderUK
 
UK
Rolex Daytona “P” Series “Cream” dial UNWORN
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Rolex Daytona “P” Series “Cream” dial UNWORN
£25,000
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The Watch Collector Ltd.
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Rolex Daytona
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Rolex Daytona
£10,995
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Jopsons Jewellers
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UK
Rolex Daytona Zenith Movement Gold Steel 116523
Rolex Daytona Zenith Movement Gold Steel 116523
£8,000
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Swiss Horology
 
UK
Rolex Daytona Ref. 116520
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Rolex Daytona Ref. 116520
£10,936
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Steiner Maastricht
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NL
Rolex Daytona Black Dial 40mm Ref. 116520 (With Rolex Box)
Rolex Daytona Black Dial 40mm Ref. 116520 (With Rolex Box)
£9,180
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Watch Center London
306
UK
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Steel & Yellow Gold White/Index...
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Steel & Yellow Gold White/Index...
£12,400
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Time 4 Diamonds DMCC Ltd
12
UK
Rolex Daytona
Rolex Daytona
£24,995
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Maunder Watch Co
 
UK
Rolex Daytona Stainless Steel Gents 116520 - W3510
Rolex Daytona Stainless Steel Gents 116520 - W3510
£12,595
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Xupes.com
49
UK
Rolex Daytona JULY 2017
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Rolex Daytona JULY 2017
£14,500
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WatchTraderUK
 
UK
Rolex Daytona
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Rolex Daytona
£12,250
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Private seller
 
UK
Rolex Daytona Cosmograph 116500LN white dial, September 2017
Rolex Daytona Cosmograph 116500LN white dial, September 2017
£14,995
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ChronoEdge
58
UK
Rolex Unworn Daytona 2015 5 Year Warranty Black Dial
Rolex Unworn Daytona 2015 5 Year Warranty Black Dial
£12,500
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Swiss Horology
 
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
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
60
UK
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona Everose NEW
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona Everose NEW
£23,988
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Filipucci Juweliers
263
NL
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona White Gold Sky Blue Dial Diamond 116519
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona White Gold Sky Blue Dial Diamond 116519
£14,995
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Time 4 Diamonds DMCC Ltd
12
UK
Rolex Daytona
Rolex Daytona
£9,500
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Maunder Watch Co
 
UK
Rolex Daytona Stainless Steel & 18k Yellow Gold Gents...
Rolex Daytona Stainless Steel & 18k Yellow Gold Gents...
£9,695
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Xupes.com
49
UK
Rolex Daytona 2017
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Rolex Daytona 2017
£20,000
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WatchTraderUK
 
UK
Rolex Daytona (White dial)
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Rolex Daytona (White dial)
£11,750
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Private seller
 
UK
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Complete Set "Discontinued...
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Complete Set "Discontinued...
£11,975
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Watch Club
11
UK
Rolex Daytona  Everose 116505LN Oysterflex
Rolex Daytona Everose 116505LN Oysterflex
£19,500
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Global Watch Shop
 
UK
Rolex S/S O/P Peyrelongue 40th Anniversary Ed Daytona 116520
Rolex S/S O/P Peyrelongue 40th Anniversary Ed Daytona 116520
£11,500
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
60
UK
Rolex DAYTONA ORO ROSA 2017 OYSTERFLAX
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Rolex DAYTONA ORO ROSA 2017 OYSTERFLAX
£19,577
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SENZATEMPO
40
IT
Rolex Daytona Yellow Gold Rainbow Custom Bezel
Rolex Daytona Yellow Gold Rainbow Custom Bezel
£3,500
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Time 4 Diamonds DMCC Ltd
12
UK
Rolex Daytona
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Rolex Daytona
£20,684
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Artle.ch
 
CH
Rolex Daytona Stainless Steel Gents 116520 - W4168
Rolex Daytona Stainless Steel Gents 116520 - W4168
£9,995
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Xupes.com
49
UK
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 116519 sodalite - FULL SET - LIKE NEW
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Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 116519 sodalite - FULL SET - LIKE NEW
£21,512
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Paradiso Luxury Srl
 
IT
Rolex Daytona Rolex Daytona White Gold Diamond Dial
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Rolex Daytona Rolex Daytona White Gold Diamond Dial
£10,500
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Private seller
 
UK
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona  "Fully Stickered"
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona "Fully Stickered"
£16,950
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Watch Club
11
UK
Rolex Daytona 116503 Black Dial
Rolex Daytona 116503 Black Dial
£11,450
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Global Watch Shop
 
UK
Rolex S/Steel Black Dial Cosmograph Daytona Gents B&P 116520
Rolex S/Steel Black Dial Cosmograph Daytona Gents B&P 116520
£11,500
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
60
UK
Rolex Daytona
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Rolex Daytona
£7,831
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WatchesNorte
15
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Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Stainless Steel Black Dial 116500LN
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Stainless Steel Black Dial 116500LN
£14,750
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Time 4 Diamonds DMCC Ltd
12
UK
Rolex Daytona
Rolex Daytona
£10,800
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TWM Timepieces
 
UK
Rolex Daytona Stainless Steel Gents 116520 - W3911
Rolex Daytona Stainless Steel Gents 116520 - W3911
£10,495
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Xupes.com
49
UK
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona - NEW
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Rolex Cosmograph Daytona - NEW
£15,977
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Paradiso Luxury Srl
 
IT
Rolex Paul Newman Cosmograph Daytona
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Rolex Paul Newman Cosmograph Daytona
£60,000
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Private seller
 
UK
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Gold and Steel Full Set
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Gold and Steel Full Set
£9,350
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Watch Club
11
UK
Rolex Daytona Zenith Sel   A" Serial"
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Rolex Daytona Zenith Sel A" Serial"
£18,902
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Gianni Simei
19
IT
Rolex 18k W/G Rare Sodalite Dia Dial Cosmograph Daytona...
Rolex 18k W/G Rare Sodalite Dia Dial Cosmograph Daytona...
£22,500
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
60
UK
Rolex Daytona
Rolex Daytona
£14,100
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Swiss Time Online
 
UK
Rolex Daytona Yellow Gold Rainbow Custom Bezel
Rolex Daytona Yellow Gold Rainbow Custom Bezel
£3,500
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Time 4 Diamonds DMCC Ltd
12
UK
Rolex Daytona
Rolex Daytona
£9,350
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TWM Timepieces
 
UK
Rolex Daytona Patrizzi Zenith Stainless Steel Gents 16520 - W4103
Rolex Daytona Patrizzi Zenith Stainless Steel Gents 16520 - W4103
£25,995
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Xupes.com
49
UK
Rolex Daytona
Rolex Daytona
£9,195
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Swiss Watch Company Ltd.
147
UK
Rolex Daytona
Rolex Daytona
£20,252
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Take Your Luxury LTD
6
UK
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Gold & Steel "Rolex Warranty&...
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Gold & Steel "Rolex Warranty&...
£11,250
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Watch Club
11
UK
Rolex Daytona 116520 - Unworn 2014
Rolex Daytona 116520 - Unworn 2014
£14,240
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Mark Worthington Jewellers
12
UK
Rolex 18k W/G O/P Mother Of Pearl Dial Diamond Set Daytona 116589
Rolex 18k W/G O/P Mother Of Pearl Dial Diamond Set Daytona 116589
£22,250
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
60
UK
Rolex Daytona
Rolex Daytona
£10,747
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Time Jewels
 
UK
Rolex Daytona White Gold Rainbow Custom Bezel
Rolex Daytona White Gold Rainbow Custom Bezel
£3,500
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Time 4 Diamonds DMCC Ltd
12
UK
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Pave Diamond Dial
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Pave Diamond Dial
£88,660
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Guardian Of Time
176
UK
Rolex Daytona Stainless Steel Gents 116520 - W3951
Rolex Daytona Stainless Steel Gents 116520 - W3951
£11,295
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Xupes.com
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UK
Rolex Daytona 116500LN
Rolex Daytona 116500LN
£15,450
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Ian Blowers Jewellers
 
UK
Rolex Daytona 116519 Limited Factory Meteorite 18K White Gold
Rolex Daytona 116519 Limited Factory Meteorite 18K White Gold
£16,500
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WatchCollectors.co.uk
5
UK
Rolex Daytona 116520 - Black Chronograph Dial - 2002
Rolex Daytona 116520 - Black Chronograph Dial - 2002
£10,499
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Miltons Diamonds
22
UK
Rolex Daytona 116523 - Box & Papers 2005
Rolex Daytona 116523 - Box & Papers 2005
£10,450
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Mark Worthington Jewellers
12
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.