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Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 16518, Daytona Model
By Rolex
Located in Vannes, FR
Rolex Daytona in 18 Carat yellow gold surrounded by a crocodile skin strap. It comes with an authentic box. Quality pre-owned Rolex watch. The Certified Pre-Owned Rolex Daytona Sport...
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Late 20th Century Swiss Modern Wrist Watches

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Gold, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Rolex Daytona 116520
By Rolex
Located in Surfside, FL
Rolex Daytona in stainless steel. Auto w/ subseconds and chronograph. 40 mm case size. With box and papers. **Bank wire only at this price** Ref 116520. Circa 2009. Fine Pre-owned Ro...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

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Rolex Daytona Two-Tone 18k Gold and Stainless Daytona Wristwatch
By Rolex
Located in Hudson, NY
Rolex Two-tone Chronograph Daytona Reference 16523 Wristwatch with Box and Papers, c. 1997, white dial with three subsidiary dials, engraved gold tachometer bezel, screw-down crown a...
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Late 20th Century Wrist Watches

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18k Gold

Rolex Daytona 116568BR
By Rolex
Located in London, GB
This chronograph was designed to be the ultimate timing tool for endurance racing drivers. More than 50 years after its creation, the Cosmograph Daytona remains in a class of its own...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Rolex Daytona 116508 Green
By Rolex
Located in London, GB
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Oyster 116508 40MM, Yellow Gold, Green Dial Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Oyster, 40 MM, YELLOW GOLD The Cosmograph Daytona, introduced in 1963, was designed to ...
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2010s Wrist Watches

2022 Rolex Daytona 116505
By Rolex
Located in London, GB
This Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona in 18 ct Everose gold, with a black and pink dial and an Oyster bracelet, features an 18 ct Everose gold bezel with engraved tachymetric scal...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 116505
By Rolex
Located in London, GB
This Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona in 18 ct Everose gold, with a black and pink dial and an Oyster bracelet, features an 18 ct Everose gold bezel with engraved tachymetric scal...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Rolex 6262 Daytona Vintage Wristwatch
By Rolex
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Brand: Rolex MPN: 6262 Model: Daytona Case Material: Stainless Steel Case Diameter: 36.5mm Crystal: Plastic Bezel: Stainless steel engraved bezel Dial: Black chronograph dial Bracele...
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Vintage 1970s More Jewelry

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Stainless Steel

Rolex Daytona, 116503-0004, UNWORN, 2022, B+P
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Unworn Professional watch Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 40 mm, Oystersteel and yellow gold, Ref# 116503-0004 - luxury, elegance and practicality. Make: Rolex Model: Cosmograph Daytona Re...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Wrist Watches

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Yellow Gold, Stainless Steel

2022 Rolex Daytona 116519LN-0025
By Rolex
Located in London, GB
THIS OYSTER PERPETUAL COSMOGRAPH DAYTONA IN 18 CT WHITE GOLD WITH A BLACK, DIAMOND-SET DIAL AND AN OYSTERFLEX BRACELET, FEATURES A BLACK CERACHROM BEZEL WITH TACHYMETRIC SCALE. This...
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2010s Wrist Watches

2022 Rolex Daytona 116519LN-0027
By Rolex
Located in London, GB
THIS OYSTER PERPETUAL COSMOGRAPH DAYTONA IN 18 CT WHITE GOLD WITH STEEL AND BLACK DIAL AND AN OYSTERFLEX BRACELET, FEATURES A BLACK CERACHROM BEZEL WITH TACHYMETRIC SCALE. This chro...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Rolex Daytona, 116503-0001, Unworn, 2022, B+P
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona, 18k Yellow Gold and Stainless Steel 40mm watch, Reference 116503-0001. This model has White dial and white Champagne rimmed white sub-dials. Highly legible ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Wrist Watches

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Yellow Gold, Stainless Steel

2022 Rolex Daytona 116500LN-0001
By Rolex
Located in London, GB
THIS OYSTER PERPETUAL COSMOGRAPH DAYTONA IN OYSTERSTEEL WITH A WHITE DIAL AND AN OYSTER BRACELET, FEATURES A BLACK CERACHROM BEZEL WITH TACHYMETRIC SCALE. This chronograph was desig...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Rolex Daytona, 116500ln-0002,UNWORN, 2022, B+P
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Unworn Professional watch Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 40 mm, Oystersteel, Ref# 116500LN-0002 - luxury, elegance and practicality. Make: Rolex Model: Cosmograph Daytona Reference: 11650...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex Daytona, 116500LN-0001, Unworn, 2022, B+P
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Unworn Professional watch Rolex, Cosmograph Daytona 40 mm Oystersteel, Ref# 116500LN-0001- luxury, elegance and practicality. Make: Rolex Model: Cosmograph Daytona Reference: 116500...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Daytona 116523 Men's Watch
By Rolex
Located in Great Neck, NY
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Daytona 116523. 40mm Stainless steel case with 18k yellow gold bezel with tachymeter bezel insert. White dial with luminous gold hands and Arabic numeral hour ...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona White Gold Watch 116519
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona White Gold Watch 116519 - Automatic winding, chronograph, 44 jewels, sapphire crystal. 18k white gold case with ceramic bezel (40mm diameter). Grey dial with...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Daytona Men's Watch Two Tone 116523
By Rolex
Located in Aventura, FL
Rolex Daytona reference 116523 Stainless Steel & 18k Yellow Gold gents wristwatch. Silver dial, 3 chronograph sub-dials, a Stainless Steel & 18k Yellow Gold 40mm case, Oyster bracele...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modernist Wrist Watches

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18k Gold, Yellow Gold, Stainless Steel

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Daytona 116523 Men's Watch
By Rolex
Located in Great Neck, NY
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Daytona 116523. 40mm Stainless steel case with 18k yellow gold bezel with tachymeter bezel insert. White dial with luminous gold hands and Arabic numeral hour...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona, 116518ln-0041, Unworn, 2022, B+P
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Unworn Professional watch Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 40 mm, 18 ct yellow gold, Ref# 116518LN-0041 - luxury, elegance and practicality. Make: Rolex Model: Cosmograph Daytona Reference:...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Wrist Watches

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Yellow Gold

2022 Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Oyster 116508 Black Dial
By Rolex
Located in London, GB
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Oyster, 40 MM, YELLOW GOLD The Cosmograph Daytona, introduced in 1963, was designed to meet the demands of professional racing drivers. An icon eternally joi...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Rolex Ceramic Black dial Cosmograph Daytona 116500 LN
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Ceramic Black dial Cosmograph Daytona 116500 LN - Automatic winding. Stainless Steel (40mm) with ceramic bezel. Black dial with 3 sub dials. Stainless steel Oyster bracelet wit...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Daytona Ref 116534, Complete Set, Superb Example
By Rolex
Located in Canterbury, GB
Our Rolex Daytona reference 116523 features a stainless steel and 18k yellow gold case with Oyster bracelet with Oysterlock clasp with rapid adjustment feature and desirable white ba...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Rolex Daytona Two Tone 2008 Mint Men's Watch
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Rolex Daytona Two Tone 2008 Mint Men's Watch excellent condition runs perfect bank wire only shop with confidence free overnight shipping
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Rolex Daytona Platinum Ice Blue Dial 116506, 2021
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Designed to meet the demands of professional racing drivers, the Oyster Perpetual epitomizes the ultimate driver’s watch with stunning techniques and a sophisticated aesthetic. Craft...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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Platinum

Rolex Daytona Two Tone Diamond Dial Men's Watch
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Rolex Daytona Two Tone Diamond Dial Men's Watch excellent condition comes with original papers all original Rolex parts shop with confidence free overnight shipping 5 year war...
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1990s Wrist Watches

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Diamond

Rolex Daytona, Black Diamonds Dial, 116503-0011, Unworn, 2022, B+P
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona, 18k Yellow Gold and Stainless Steel 40mm watch. This model has Black dial with Black sub-dials with fine yellow gold rims. Hour markers are 10 Diamonds in 1...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Wrist Watches

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Yellow Gold, Stainless Steel

Rolex Daytona White Gold Blue Dial 116509 (NEW 2022)
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
This timeless staple is flexible, elegant and a forever classic that will go with any look. Designed in a 40mm 18-carat white gold case, it features a bright blue dial with snailed c...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Wrist Watches

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White Gold

Rolex Daytona Yellow Gold Mother of Pearl Dial 116518
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
This vintage Rolex MOP dial watch was polished and it's in great condition, V-serial. Sleek, sophisticated, and irresistibly appealing ---The Rolex Cosmograph Daytona is on the top...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Wrist Watches

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Yellow Gold

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Rose Gold Everose Mens Watch 116515
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Rose Gold Everose Mens Watch 116515. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18K rose gold case 40.0 mm in diameter. Special screw-down push ...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

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Rose Gold

Rolex Daytona Stainless Steel White Dial & Steel Bezel 116520
By Rolex
Located in Aventura, FL
Rolex Daytona reference 116520 Stainless Steel & Guaranteed Authentic Men's Rolex Daytona Cosmograph with a 40mm stainless steel case and a white dial. This fine timepiece features a...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modernist Wrist Watches

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Steel, Stainless Steel

Rolex Daytona 40mm Stainless Steel White Dial (116520)
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Unpolished, great condition 116520 with all box, papers, everything.
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2010s Wrist Watches

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Steel, Stainless Steel

Rolex Daytona Rose Gold Chocolate Dial 116515LN, 2020
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
This race car inspired staple is on the top of everyone's list. Introduced to the world in 1963, The Rolex Daytona is one of the most-wanted models on the planet. Classified as a pro...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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Rose Gold

Rolex Daytona Rose Gold Chocolate Dial 116515LN, 2021
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
This race car inspired staple is on the top of everyone's list. Introduced to the world in 1963, The Rolex Daytona is one of the most-wanted models on the planet. Classified as a pro...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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Rose Gold

Rolex Daytona Rose Gold Chocolate Brown Dial 116505 2021
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
This race car inspired staple is on the top of everyone's list. Introduced to the world in 1963, The Rolex Daytona is one of the most-wanted models on the planet. Classified as a pro...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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Rose Gold

Rolex Daytona Yellow gold Champagne Dial 116518LN, 2021
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Designed to meet the demands of professional racing drivers, the Oyster Perpetual epitomizes the ultimate driver’s watch with stunning techniques and a sophisticated aesthetic. Craft...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Wrist Watches

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Yellow Gold

Rolex Daytona Rose Gold Black & Pink Dial 116505, 2020
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
This race car inspired staple is on the top of everyone's list. Introduced to the world in 1963, The Rolex Daytona is one of the most-wanted models on the planet. Classified as a pro...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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Rose Gold

Rolex Daytona Rose Gold Black & Pink Dial 116505, 2021
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
This race car inspired staple is on the top of everyone's list. Introduced to the world in 1963, The Rolex Daytona is one of the most-wanted models on the planet. Classified as a pro...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Wrist Watches

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Rose Gold

Rolex Daytona Yellow Gold Champagne Dial 116518LN, 2018
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Designed to meet the demands of professional racing drivers, the Oyster Perpetual epitomizes the ultimate driver’s watch with stunning techniques and a sophisticated aesthetic. Craft...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Wrist Watches

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Yellow Gold

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Men's 18k Yellow Gold Watch 116518
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Men's 18k Yellow Gold Watch 116518 - Automatic winding, chronograph, 44 jewels, sapphire crystal. 18k yellow gold case and bezel with stickers. Blue racing d...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Wrist Watches

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona White Dial Zenith Movement Watch 16520
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona White Dial Zenith Movement Watch 16520. Zenith automatic self-winding chronograph movement. Stainless steel case 40.0 mm in diameter. Screw back, screw down ...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Daytona Ref.116508 Meteorite 18k Yellow Gold Watch
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Brand: Rolex Model Name: Daytona "Meteorite" Model Number: 116508 Movement: Automatic Case Size: 40 mm Case Back: Closed Case Material: Yellow Gold Bezel: Yellow Gold ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Wrist Watches

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Yellow Gold

Rolex Daytona Two Tone Silver Diamond Dial Men's Watch
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Rolex Daytona Two Tone Silver Diamond Dial Men's Watch excellent condition all original parts free overnight shipping shop with confidence 2 year warranty
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

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Diamond

Rolex Daytona Yellow Gold Black Dial 116508, 'New 2021'
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
This race car inspired staple is on the top of everyone's list. Introduced to the world in 1963, The Rolex Daytona is one of the most-wanted models on the planet. Classified as a pro...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Wrist Watches

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Yellow Gold

2022 Rolex Daytona 116588TBR Eye of the Tiger
By Rolex
Located in London, GB
Rolex surprised the masses at Baselworld 2019 with this beautifully bedazzled Cosmograph Daytona 116588TBR. Nicknamed “Eye of the Tiger,” the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 116588TBR has a...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Daytona 16520 Zenith Movement Stainless Steel Men's Watch
By Rolex
Located in Great Neck, NY
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Daytona Cosmograph 16520 men's watch. Stainless Steel 40mm case. Stainless Steel tachymeter bezel. Triple register White dial with steel luminous hands and lum...
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1990s Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel, Stainless Steel

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Zenith Movement Steel Mens Watch 16520
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Zenith Movement Steel Mens Watch 16520. Zenith automatic self-winding chronograph movement. Stainless steel case 40.0 mm in diameter. Screw back, screw down ...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel

Rolex Daytona Yellow Gold & Stainless Steel Silver Dial 116523
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
This race car inspired staple is on the top of everyone's list. Introduced to the world in 1963, The Rolex Daytona is one of the most-wanted models on the planet. Classified as a pro...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Wrist Watches

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Yellow Gold, Stainless Steel

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 6262 Men's Watch in Stainless Steel
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 6262 Men's Watch in Stainless Steel SKU: 115224 PRIMARY DETAILS Brand: Rolex Model: Cosmograph Daytona Country of Origin: Switzerland Movement Type: Mecha...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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Steel, Stainless Steel

Rolex Daytona 18K Yellow Gold 116598 Cosmograph Leopard Watch
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
This is a special edition Rolex Leopard Daytona Cosmograph, Model 116598 - Men's or ladies automatic-winding wristwatch with 44 jewel chronometer movement. 18k yellow gold round styl...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Rolex Daytona Rose Gold Black & Pink Dial 116505, 2022
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
This race car inspired staple is on the top of everyone's list. Introduced to the world in 1963, The Rolex Daytona is one of the most-wanted models on the planet. Classified as a pro...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Wrist Watches

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Rose Gold

Rolex Daytona Rose Gold Black & Pink Dial 116505, 2019
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
This race car inspired staple is on the top of everyone's list. Introduced to the world in 1963, The Rolex Daytona is one of the most-wanted models on the planet. Classified as a pro...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Rose Gold

Rolex Daytona 16520 Zenith Movement Stainless Steel Men's Watch
By Rolex
Located in Great Neck, NY
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Daytona Cosmograph 16520 men's watch. Stainless Steel 40mm case. Stainless Steel tachymeter bezel. Triple register White dial with steel luminous hands and lum...
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1990s Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel, Stainless Steel

Rolex Daytona Black Dial Chronograph Steel Mens Watch 116520
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Daytona Black Dial Chronograph Steel Mens Watch 116520. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 40 mm in diameter. Special screw-down push ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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Steel

Rolex Daytona Cosmograph Champagne Baton Dial Oystersteel Watch 116503
By Rolex
Located in Aventura, FL
This Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona in Oystersteel and yellow gold, with a Gold dial and an Oyster bracelet, features a yellow gold bezel with engraved tachymetric scale. This c...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modernist Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Men's White Gold Watch Meteorite Dial 116519
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Men's White Gold Watch Meteorite Dial 116519 - Automatic winding, chronograph, 44 jewels, sapphire crystal. 18k white gold case and bezel (40mm diameter). Me...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Wrist Watches

Rolex Daytona White Gold Black Diamond Dial 116509, 'New 2022'
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
This race car inspired staple is on the top of everyone's list. Introduced to the world in 1963, The Rolex Daytona is one of the most-wanted models on the planet. Classified as a pro...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Wrist Watches

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Diamond, White Gold

1968 Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 6241 Stainless Steel Stem Wind Wristwatch
By Rolex
Located in Bradford, Ontario
ITEM DETAILS Brand: Rolex Model Name: Comsograph Daytona Model Number: 6241 Serial Number: 176, XXX Bezel Material: Stainless Steel Case Material: Stainless Steel Caseback Material: ...
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Vintage 1960s Swiss Wrist Watches

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Steel, Stainless Steel

Rolex Daytona Yellow Gold & Stainless Steel White Dial 116503 2021
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
This race car inspired staple is on the top of everyone's list. Introduced to the world in 1963, The Rolex Daytona is one of the most-wanted models on the planet. Classified as a pro...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Wrist Watches

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Yellow Gold, Steel, Stainless Steel

Rolex Zenith Cosmograph Daytona Yellow Gold Tachymetric Bezel Watch 16518
By Rolex
Located in London, GB
A Zenith Cosmograph Daytona in yellow gold by Rolex, featuring a white arabic dial. The dial features a 12 hour counter with an inverted 6 and a small seconds display. Features an en...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

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18k Gold, Yellow Gold

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Rolex Daytona: Timelessly Cool

The Rolex Daytona isn’t just any watch. It commands prices — and attention — like no other Rolex model and like very few other timepieces in the world.

Aside from its undeniable wrist presence and impeccable Swiss craftsmanship, its links to both the high-octane world of auto racing and the glamour of actor Paul Newman — one of Hollywood’s most admired leading men — make it the ne plus ultra of tool watches.

In 1962, Rolex was named official timekeeper of the Daytona International Speedway, the home of American stock-car racing. The following year, it introduced the Cosmograph reference 6239 in honor of the partnership.

Like all chronographs, the Rolex Cosmograph functioned as both a watch and a stopwatch. Pushers on either side of the crown started, stopped and reset the count. The Cosmograph also sported a tachymeter scale for determining average units per hour (whether miles or kilometers). But unlike the manufacturer’s previous chronographs, this new reference, designed especially for racing, displayed it on the bezel instead of the dial for easier reading while the wearer gripped the wheel at top speeds. The model was soon nicknamed the Daytona after the Florida raceway, though the moniker didn’t appear on its face until 1964. Five years later, for his role in the movie Winning, silver-screen legend Paul Newman trained at the Watkins Glen Racing School, where he fell in love with motorsports.

Read more at The Study about how the Rolex Daytona watch has officially reached icon status.

Rolex Daytona For Sale on 1stDibs

Find the exact rolex daytona you’re shopping for in the variety available on 1stDibs. Every item for sale was constructed with extraordinary care, often using Stainless Steel, Gold and 18k Gold. You can easily find a 346 antique edition and 444 modern creations to choose from as well. If you’re looking for a rolex daytona from a specific time period, our collection is diverse and broad-ranging, and you’ll find at least one that dates back to the 18th Century while another version may have been produced as recently as the 21st Century. A rolex daytona can make for a versatile accessory, but a selection from our variety of 36 Diamond versions can add an especially stylish touch. See these pages for a round cut iteration of this accessory, while there are also baguette cut cut and cushion cut cut versions available here, too. Finding a rolex daytona for sale for men should be easy, but there are 167 pieces available to browse for unisex as well as women, too.

How Much is a Rolex Daytona?

On average, a rolex daytona at 1stDibs sells for $26,471, while they’re typically $5,831 on the low end and $1,299,558 for the highest priced versions of this item.

Rolex Biography and Important Works

While the rise in popularity of vintage Rolex watches is of no surprise to aficionados, collectors and industry experts, when it comes to contemporary luxury wristwatches, Rolex is also often the first brand that springs to mind. Not only is the company revered for its precision timekeeping and impeccable craftsmanship, but its name was designed to be memorable.

Rolex's enviable worldwide recognition can be credited in part to the genius of company founder Hans Wilsdorf. When the German-born watch dealer and his brother-in-law, Alfred Davis, set up their London enterprise, in 1905, they called it Wilsdorf & Davis, according to the traditional formula.

But Wilsdorf was determined to come up with another name that was short, would look good on a watch dial and was easy to say and remember in several languages. In 1908, he trademarked the name Rolex, and by 1920, he had moved the company to Geneva and redubbed it as Montres Rolex S.A.

But the main reasons for the brand’s success are its aforementioned commitment to precision and unflagging pursuit of innovation. In 1926, the company introduced the aptly named Oyster model. With a screw-down crown and case back, both fitted with rubber gaskets, this was the first truly waterproof watch.

Five years later, Rolex upped the ante with the Oyster Perpetual. That model’s patented Perpetual movement contained a rotor mechanism enabling it to self-wind. In another trendsetting move, in 1945, the brand debuted the Datejust, with a date window prominently displayed on the dial.

The company’s two most iconic models are sports watches. Although the Submariner, which debuted in 1953, was developed as a dive watch, its waterproof case, solid construction and good looks made it a favorite of adventurers and urbanites alike, including James Bond, who wore it in classics like Dr. No and Goldfinger. The Daytona, the racing chronograph made famous by Paul Newman, is especially sought after by collectors. Newman’s personal Daytona, which hit the auction block in 2017, sold for $17.8 million.

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Finding the Right Wrist Watches for You

Antique, new and vintage wristwatches have captured the hearts and minds of all manner of watch collectors as well as the watchmakers themselves — it's time you found your own.

Certain vintage watches for men and iconic watch designs for women are sought after not only because of their graceful proportions or innovative materials but also because of the illustrious histories of the houses that created them, histories that they stylishly embody.

Bvlgari’s legendary Serpenti watch was on everyone’s list after the collection’s bold bracelet, which technically debuted after the timepiece, graced the wrist of actress Elizabeth Taylor. If anything, elaborately crafted timepieces — the unmistakably boxy silhouette of Cartier Tank watches, the elegant and minimal Calatrava designed by legendary Swiss house Patek Philippe — are even more effective than the shape we associate with traditional wristwatches.

Form watches — the all-encompassing moniker bestowed upon non-round watches — are making headlines and completing contemporary fashionable ensembles the world over. At the same time, both casual fans and careful collectors are drawn to the unbeatable charm of vintage styles, such as the icons designed by Omega that even James Bond can’t resist.

In the early days of watchmaking, watches were fragile enough that they necessitated protection from the elements. Now, wristwatches made of gold and steel can withstand the harshest climates — even 100 meters underwater, in the case of Rolex’s Submariner. Designer Gérald Genta, whose range of clients included Rolex, created for Audemars Piguet the first luxury sports timepiece to be made from stainless steel. First introduced in 1972, the Royal Oak was a perfect choice for blending the form and function that are now synonymous with sports watches.

Are you shopping for a wristwatch? It’s good to keep your needs as well as your specific personal style in mind: A smaller, subtle timepiece is a good fit for small wrists. When will you be wearing your new accessory? There’s a versatile model out there for everyday wear, while a rugged, feature-heavy watch is a safe bet if you’re prone to embarking on all-weather activities in the great outdoors.

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Questions About Rolex Daytona
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    No, the Rolex Daytona is not discontinued. Rolex still manufactures their Daytona style which is a chronograph wristwatch designed to suit race car drivers. The Daytona style measures elapsed time while also calculating average speed. Shop a wide selection of Rolex watches, including the Daytona, on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    The simplest way to identify a Zenith Daytona is the placement of the sub-dials in the watch face. In Daytona watches that feature a Zenith movement inside, a 30-minute dial is set at the 3 o’clock mark, while a 12-hour dial is set at the 6 o’clock mark and a running seconds dial is set at the 9 o’clock mark. On 1stDibs, find a range of Zenith Daytona watches.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Maybe. Rolex may discontinue the platinum Daytona, but they haven’t made any official announcements yet. The platinum Daytona, or Platona was first released in 2013. Shop a collection of Rolex Daytona watches from top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    The three different dials on the Rolex Daytona mark different times. The sub dial at 3 o'clock marks the chrono minutes, the sub dial at 6 o'clock marks the seconds for the time and the sub dial at 9 o'clock shows the number of hours elapsed for the chrono. On 1stDibs, find vintage and contemporary Rolex watches from some of the top sellers around the world.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    To authenticate a Rolex Daytona watch, make sure the material matches the model number description. Also, look at the Rolex logo on the watch face. It should be crisp and clear. Any imperfections are a red flag. On 1stDibs, find a collection of authentic Rolex watches from some of the world’s top sellers.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Yes, the Rolex Daytona watch does glow in the dark. Rolex’s Chromalight glows blue in the dark, and is also included in the Deepsea Sea-Dweller, Submarine and the GMT-Master. On 1stDibs, find vintage and contemporary Rolex watches from top sellers around the world.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    In general, the Rolex Daytona models are rare because the luxury Swiss watchmaker only produces limited runs of each one. Some models are rarer than others due to their popularity. You'll find a selection of Rolex Daytona watches on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    A Daytona Rolex watch typically costs around between $18,000 and $22,000. However, depending on the year it was made, what type of metal it's made of, and whether or not there are any precious gems. Some Daytona watches can cost over $200,000.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    The Rolex Oyster Cosmograph Daytona Ref. 6239 is the Rolex Daytona watch generally considered to be the rarest. People commonly refer to it as the Paul Newman because he was the original owner of the one-of-a-kind timepiece. You'll find a collection of Rolex Daytona watches on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    The waitlist for a Rolex Daytona ranges from around one to three years. This wait begins after you qualify for and sign up for their waitlist. Browse 1stDibs for an array of authentic Rolex Daytonas from top boutiques around the world.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    The Rolex Daytona is available in a variety of constructions, including white gold, yellow gold and platinum. The Daytona style measures elapsed time and also calculates average speed. Shop a wide selection of Rolex watches, including the Daytona, on 1stDibs.