When it first launched, the aaa quality fake Rolex Daytona was a complicated watch by Rolex standards, and not particularly popular, so production numbers were naturally low.
It was often scoffed at in its early years because of its bold dial defined by three contrasting sub-dials.
It wasn’t until Paul Newman – the famous actor and race car driver – strapped one on that this timepiece was considered cool and desirable. While it is now easily one of the hottest watches in the world, it took a major Hollywood heavyweight wearing one for the world to accept it.
The Paul Newman endorsement made the Daytona far more famous than Rolex replica could have ever imagined, so much so, that it is unclear what the fate of this previously unpopular watch would be without it.
Newman’s endorsement has also helped make this first generation of Rolex Daytona replica watches for sale incredibly collectible today. In fact, these ‘exotic’ or ‘Paul Newman’ dials are among the most collectible Daytona watches on the planet. However, because this Art Deco style dial was highly unpopular while it was in production, only a small number were originally produced, and many owners even had these dials replaced with standard ones, further decreasing the number in existence today.
It’s important to note that Rolex never officially releases its production numbers, but we do know that over the next two generations of Daytona watches, Rolex has continued to keep these production numbers relatively low compared to the rest of its other models.
What we’ve also found is that generally speaking, stainless steel Daytona references were produced in higher numbers than their precious metal counterparts, making these ultra-luxurious sports watches even less common today.
The Rolex Daytona Has Long Waitlists
These relatively low production numbers play into the Swiss movement copy Rolex Daytona’s multi-year waiting lists. Here’s how it works. When Rolex sends Daytona watches to its retail shops and authorized dealers, those retailers don’t just put the Daytona in the window and wait for someone to walk in and buy them. Retailers usually have a long list of clients who have already said to them, “Hey, I want to buy a Daytona. When you get one in, call me.” If you’re lucky and you have a great relationship with that retailer, it can be a bit easier to get a priority spot on that waiting list. Otherwise, you will have to put your name down and wait for your dealer to get one in and make it available for you – which can take multiple years.
The reason people are willing to sit on these long wait lists? The price. While you might spend years on a waitlist, if you do finally get your hands on one, it costs significantly less than what you would otherwise pay on the open market to buy one immediately without the wait. As a point of reference, the modern stainless steel and Cerachrom 1:1 quality copy Rolex Daytona costs just $13,150 USD at retail, yet it trades hands for around twice that on the secondary market.