There are many names and nicknames for particular models, and we provide you with an explanation for better recognizing and understanding.
Rolex “The Unicorn” Daytona
The unique Rolex Cosmograph Daytona with reference number 6265 in white gold has excited the public by appearing at the Daytona Ultimatum auction. It is the only known piece of the manual-winding Daytona in 18ct white-gold and is one of the most intriguing Rolex models ever produced. The name “The Unicorn” has been given for its uniqueness and rarity. This fascinating Swiss wristwatch was produced in the early 1970s. It comes with a “sigma” dial that points hands and indexes in pure gold. The original leather bracelet was replaced by the last owner, John Goldberger, with the white gold 1507 Oyster Date bracelet. This watch was manufactured in 1970 and delivered in 1971, made upon special order for a German retailer. It is assumed to be a special order for a special customer, esteemed enough that Rolex would produce this watch for him. It is unknown whether there are any other models, but what is certain is that this unique piece appears for the first and perhaps the last time at an auction. At the Daytona Ultimatum auction, this unique timepiece was sold for $6 million.
Rolex “The Big Red” Daytona
One of the most beloved features of the Daytona family is the red “Daytona” inscription in the larger font on the dial above the sub-dial next to the number 6. It is featured on the later Daytona models of references 6263 and 6265 with black and silver dials. What this model makes extremely desirable is the perfect blend of vintage and modern features of the Rolex chronograph. The Rolex “Big Red” Daytona models are highly sought after and represent the detail of this cult watch that every collector wants to have in their Daytona collection. “The Big Red” Daytona timepiece was sold for $243,947, at the auction Daytona Ultimatum.
Rolex “Double Swiss” Daytona
The model from the early 1963 has a special place in the world of vintage Rolex Daytona watches. Unlike the other Daytona models, this watch does not carry a Daytona inscription on its dial. If you look at the dial, you can see the SWISS sign at number 6, and if you look at it from the top of the dial to the bottom, you’ll find another SWISS sign. The reason for this is in the size of the bezel which covered the first SWISS sign, so Rolex redid this dial to make the inscription visible. Rolex “Double Swiss” Ref. 6239 was dols at the Daytona Ultimatum auction for approximately $300.000.
Rolex “Floating” Daytona
The particular feature of this model is in the inscriptions that are separate from the the Rolex inscription giving it the “floating” impression and making it different from the rest of the collection. The floating usually refers to the Daytona inscription, but it can also be for other inscriptions that are separate, such as the Cosmograph inscription. Also called Rolex “Staccato” Daytona it is extremely desirable because there are only a few models with this kind of dial. At the Daytona Ultimatum auction the “Floating” Daytona was sold for $144,000.
Rolex “John Player Special” Daytona
JPS Daytona is an extremely rare and special piece of this Swiss watch. It is made of yellow gold with the “Paul Newman” dial and gold letters. Although the name was associated with a cigar manufacturer, Imperial Tobbaco, owned by John Player & Sons, Daytona received a nickname John Player Special because of the colors recalling the set of colors on the Lotus Formula 1 cars from the 1970s, whose main sponsor was John Player & Sons. It reached the price of $913.236 at the Daytona Ultimatum auction.
Rolex “Oyster Sotto” Daytona
The Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Paul Newman “Oyster Sotto” is without doubt a dream watch for the watch collectors around the world, apart from other special orders and unique models. It belongs to extremely rare models, and is considered to be an extremely prestigious model and subject of many collectors’ wishes. The charming Italian nickname in the translation means “Oyster Underneath” and describes the Paul Newman dial with the OYSTER and Cosmograph inscription below the number 12. It also represents one of the first models of the Paul Newman dial which makes it even more desirable and special in the eyes of a true watchlover. That’s why it is no surprise that the price of this timepiece reached $1,9 million at Daytona Ultimatum auction.
Rolex “Paul Newman” Daytona
A watch considered a true icon, “Paul Newman” dials were specially made for the Daytona model, which Rolex used for a short period. They are called exotic Rolex dials made by Singer, a dials manufacturer. They come in many combinations and are also different in the font of the letter. Steel watches often came with dials in combination of black and white. This cult model “Paul Newman” was named after a famous American actor and race driver who popularized this watch wearing it on the cover of a magazine which made this Swiss watch planetary desirable and popular. His watch became the most expensive watch in the world sold at an auction in November 2017 for $17.8 million. “Paul Newman” Daytona models presented at the Daytona Ultimatum auction failed to surpass $17 million, but reached high prices of $293,987 and $372,800.
Rolex “Panda” Daytona
A timepiece nicknamed “The Panda” today represents any chronograph with a white dial and black sub-dials, as they resemble the face of the panda. However, when it comes to a Daytona model, that name only applies to models with reference 6263 or 6265 with “Paul Newman” dials with black sub-dials and white markings of seconds. Price of “Ricciardi Panda” Daytona wristwatch was $757.109.
Rolex “The Neanderthal” Daytona
Although the name “The Neanderthal” is not the most flattering one, this watch with 6240 reference, made in 1965, has an extraordinary importance in the history of the Daytona model. Its dial has larger white sub-dials on a black dial with Rolex and Crown, without any other inscription. The “Paul Newman” Daytona ancestor is considered to have been created before the exotic numerals began to produce, at a time when Rolex experimented with its designs. There is a high likelihood that this watch is a unique copy and provides a look at the history of the company, as well as the conceptual development and visual history of the “Paul Newman” design. The only known piece of this kind of Daytona at Daytona Ultimatum auction reached a high amount of $3 million.
This article was inspired by Phillip’s Daytona Ultimatum auction, which was held on May 12, 2018.
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