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Why Is The Rolex Daytona The World's Most Famous Chronograph?

Rolex has always been synonymous with high-octane motorsports and the Rolex Daytona is the world's most recognizable chronograph. The Rolex Cosmograph Daytona watch series was first introduced in 1963 and has many stunning designs such as the highly polished and fashionable Rolex Daytona Steel and Gold (Model number 116523 White Index ) featured below. They are COSC certified Superlative Chronometers which are the highest available designation for a mechanical watch from the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute. 

Rolex Daytona Steel and Gold

Let's take an up-close look at this iconic watch series. The Rolex Daytona has a very dependable chronograph and features a bezel with a tachymeter which allows the measurement of speeds at up to 400 miles or kilometers per hour. The name "Daytona" is found in red on the dial on most models around the top of the bottom-most sub dial. For those that don't follow motor racing, this name is symbolic of the famous Daytona Beach Racing at the Daytona International Speedway which is located in Daytona Beach Florida. This speedway opened in 1959 and is where the most prestigious NASCAR race, the Daytona 500 takes place. 

Rolex Daytona Platinum

There are several collections in the series and they all vary in price. At the very top is the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Platinum with an Ice Dial and Baguette Diamond Indexes (model number 116506LN). This watch has a chestnut brown Cerachrom bezel which is fabricated of a highly durable ceramic which is extremely hard and highly resistant to scratches. It also has great resistance to corrosion and is unaffected by ultraviolet light which can cause colors to fade. Of course with such impressive features come equally impressive list prices of $82,500 (watch depicted below). There are some other Daytona watches that have sold for more such as the Lemon dial Paul Newman Daytona watch that was sold for $840,000 but we'll have to save that for a whole other story. 

Aside from the Rolex Daytona Rose Gold watches made of their proprietary red or pink gold alloy known in the industry as Everose® gold (pictured above); the most sought after watches in this series are the Rolex Daytona stainless steel models. However, Rolex has recently stopped production on a few Rolex Daytona Stainless Steel watches. Namely, reference # 116520 which had 2 versions, one with a White Dial and another with a Black Dial. These had a polished stainless steel fixed bezels which are being replaced by two new models that feature their newer Cerachrom bezels made of their high-density ceramic material. These two were some of the most popular models from this series but now with their replacements, the 116500LN Black and the 116500LN White.

With the introduction of these two new Daytona watches, it's as if the world can't get enough of these ...and Rolex can't produce enough. They are possibly the hardest watches to get your hand on at the moment. It doesn’t make a difference if you are a rookie watch collector or a Rockefeller, you'll have to wait in line just the same. They were named the most watches in the world even though they both have a very low price tag of under $20k. That is rare considering the exclusivity of these timeless Daytona watches. The waiting list is just astronomical. Most people are looking at late 2017 before receiving either of the Rolex 116500LN watches, and that is if they were already on the waiting list at the very beginning. On the plus side, these are probably the type of Rolex watches that have the potential to resell for more than list price after purchase. Hats off to anyone who is lucky enough to already own one of these beauties.

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