Sotheby’s Has Historic Rolex Daytona Watches Up For Grabs

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There are 13 timepieces, with bidding closing on May 30

Of all the Rolex watches, one of the most desired by collectors is the Daytona Cosmograph. For most of the brand’s history, three-handed models were the focus – it did make chronographs, but did not choose to put one into its famous Oyster case until 1939. It wasn’t a hit.

Then in 1955 came the Reference 6234 chronograph, with Rolex making around 500 each year until 1961 – it wasn’t that popular either. Today these ‘pre-Daytona’ models have a starting price for collectors of around US$20,000 (AED73,450), and that’s if you can find one in the first place.

In 1962 came Rolex’s link with Daytona, Florida – the beach there had been used for racing since 1902, but it was not until 1959 that the Daytona International Speedway opened, with Rolex the official timekeeper from 1962. A year later, it released a new chronograph, the Cosmograph Reference 6239, which was nicknamed the Daytona, as the watch had been developed for racing drivers, with a tachymeter scale on the bezel, designed to measure speed.

From then on, the Daytona Cosmograph name stuck – and has been given to a number of different watches from Rolex during the past 56 years. If you want to own one, the good news is that Sotheby’s has just partnered with Bob’s Watches – one of the world’s largest providers of pre-owned Rolex watches – to offer the Rolex Daytona Capsule Collection, with 13 variations being auctioned online until May 30.

Highlights include one of the very first ‘pre-Daytona’ Oyster chronographs from the late 1930s, right up to the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona reference 116500LN, released in 2016. This sale chronicles the major milestones of the Daytona’s innovative history, showcasing the variety of dials, movements and materials that makes these watches so desirable.

Click the link below to find out more or to place a bid.

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