Rolex Daytona Cosmograph
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona – Buy Now
Even before the start of the 2013 Baselworld watch fair, watch aficionados — and Rolex freaks in particular — were buzzing about the 50th anniversary of the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona, the chronograph watch made famous by actor and motor racing enthusiast Paul Newman. While most knew Rolex would commemorate the milestone with a special watch, many were taken aback by the timepiece the brand actually produced.
The first Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona — a wristwatch in a steel case with a manual-wind chronograph movement, named after the famous racetrack — was released in 1963 and has been produced in various versions ever since. (Newman regularly and famously wore a Daytona when he took up auto racing in the 1970s; a few very rare models have what collectors now refer to as the “Paul Newman dial,” with block indices and crosshairs on the subdials.) The new model, however, is the very first Daytona with a platinum case. The color scheme — a dial in what Rolex calls “ice blue” and a bezel in what it terms “chestnut brown,” is also unprecedented in the collection. The watch, which Rolex’s press materials refer to as a “prestigious edition” will be priced at around $75,000, much higher than most Daytona models. Rolex admits that the new timepiece will not be attainable for every Daytona fan out there, but that the intent with the anniversary piece had always been to create something special and exclusive.