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The Rolex Cosmograph Daytona is a mechanical, self-winding chronograph. It has been manufactured by Rolex since
There have been three series of the Cosmograph Daytona.
The original series, produced in small quantities from circa to the later s, had a four-digit model or reference number, and had a manual wind movement.
The wind movement is essential to the other two movements because it allowed for increase winds coming in on both sides[clarification needed].
The Rolex Daytona was inspired by racecar drivers and enthusiasts, most notably, iconic actor Paul Newman, who reportedly wore his Daytona every day from until his death in This original series was in very short supply by the early s, which led to a second series to meet demand, introduced in and using a Zenith "El Primero" modified automatic winding movement, with a five-digit model number.
The movement was originally manufactured and released in and remains the highest VPH (vibrations per hour) mass-produced movement on the market at 36, VPH. Rolex purchased these movements for the Daytona, and then modified the movement from 36,VPH to 28,VPH and made a few other subtle changes.
These later series Daytonas, pre-dating in-house movements, were accurate and reliable; they were produced in limited quantities from to
The third series, introduced inhas a movement made by Rolex and a six-digit model number.
The six-digit Daytonas are certified, self-windingchronometers with chronograph functions. Rolex sponsored the 24 Hours of Daytona car race, which became known as Rolex 24 at Daytona, fromand named its chronograph watch after the race.
Daytona "Paul Newman" dial
Although Rolex continues to manufacture the "Daytona", the rarest Daytonas are the first versions with four-digit numbers, for example the,,and References, produced from to The, and References were the first versions, and did not have the "Oyster" features of screw-down winding crown and screw-down timing buttons. The movement used was a manual wind Valjoux cal.
72, named the Rolex Cal. Theand References produced from were Oyster versions. The movement used remained based on the manual-wind Valjoux cal. 72, but with some refinements, and was called the Rolex Cal. These Daytonas are very rare and very collectible.
The movement has proven to be exceptionally reliable and accurate. In fact, the Cal. was certified as a chronometer in some cases.
The rarest Daytonas are those with what has been called the "Paul Newman" dial. It is said that Newman wore one of these watches, given to him by his wife Joanne Woodward when he took up automobile racing, from until his death in Its distinguishing features are subtle and often unnoticeable to the untrained eye.
First, a Paul Newman dial must be in a Reference, or watch, installed by Rolex Geneva as original. All of these References had acrylic domed crystals.
That aside, the sub-dials (the dials that are the opposite or contrasting color of the main dial) of a Paul Newman dial have block markers instead of lines, have crosshairs across each sub-dial meeting at the centre (unlike the normal Daytona), and the seconds sub-dial placed at is marked at 15, 30, 45 and 60, whereas a normal Daytona dial is marked at 20, 40 and The dial may or may not have the word "Daytona" written on the dial above the hour sub-dial located at The dial came in four color and layout combinations, and was installed as an option by Rolex on the Daytona line of watches in the Reference, or watches.
The watch went out of production in the early s, and Rolex does not supply any replacement version of it.
InPaul Newman gave this Rolex Daytona, at the time worth less than $1, away. Newman's daughter's then-boyfriend James Cox, who put the watch up for auction insaid that Newman gave him the watch in as a gift.
Woodward bought Newman a new watch inand he gave the Rolex Daytona to Cox.
The original Daytona watches were not in demand when produced, and were relatively inexpensive ($ + tax when introduced), but became highly collectible and fetched high prices at auction. Induring a special Rolex-themed auction held in Geneva on 10 November, Christie's sold a rare Rolex Daytona Ref.
in steel, manufactured inforSwiss Francs (well over one million US dollars).
Highest auction price
On 26 Octobera Rolex Daytona (model ) watch formerly owned by the actor Paul Newman was sold for US$ million. The auction price for the Rolex Daytona was for $ million, plus buyer's premium of %, for a final price of $17, for the "Paul Newman" Daytona Ref.  The model was sold by Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo in New York City, as part of the "WINNING ICONS: Milestone Watches of the 20th Century" auction.
The price of US$ million makes it the most expensive wristwatch ever sold. "At the time that Newman gave the watch to James Cox, the watch was selling for about $"
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