What is there to say about the Rolex Daytona? It is the luxury watch that during the last 50 years has become a real fashion icon, the first revolutionary timepiece that has set the standards for timeless perfection. There is no watch aficionado on this world who doesn’t appreciate it for its ultimate design and astonishing accuracy.
The first series was launched in the early 60s and it was continued until the late 80s. Up until now it is still considered one of the most exclusive and pricey watches of all times. The main reason for the high popularity of the Rolex Daytona is the fact that each model had a unique four digits code. This particular code is what actually turned the model into a timepiece desired by every watch collector around the world. In the early 90s, Rolex has launched a second series for the Daytona which is still being continued, but it simply cannot rival with the fame and popularity of the first one.
Every car enthusiasts knows that Rolex is the most important sponsor for the Rolex 24 at Daytona endurance race. This is why the watch was designed and constructed right from the beginning as an extremely precise and accurate time keeping device suitable for racing fans. What added tremendous to its value was the incredible success it had as a status symbol watch.
As any other highly famous luxury watch, the Daytona is one of the most replicated designs out there. Of course, many of them are just awful fakes which any person with a common sense would be able to spot as a cheap imitation. On the other hand, many others are very good replicas, almost impossible to differentiate from the original one. These incredibly accurate knock-offs are usually hard to find and one may need a lot of patience and knowledge to tell them apart from the bad fakes. To help you understand the most common mistakes of a poorly replicated Rolex Daytona, we will run a quick comparison between a well-made copy and the real watch.
The first difference you will spot is when you look at the case and band of the watch. Real Rolex watches are manufactured from a single block of stainless steel. This type of steel is very durable, sturdy and has a particular look and feel. Indeed, this replica of the Rolex Daytona is made from a 440 solid stainless steel and it appears as resistant and good as the authentic one, but, still, a trained eye could spot a couple of irregularities in the finishing and in the weight of the case and bracelet.
The design of the dial is very good. The hour markers, the minutes’ indexes, the hands and small three dials are identical to the original one. On the inside of the dial there is also the ROLEX word engraved all around the face of the watch, a well-known Rolex authenticity marking. Furthermore, the bezel is very accurately replicated and the winding crown has the correct little crown logo with the three dots representing the triple lock waterproofness capabilities of this model. Turning the watch round reveals the specific Rolex solid stainless steel back with the green hologram sticker over it, as well as the serial number printed on the green sticker.
When you take a closer glance at the clasp you start noticing a couple of other mistakes. The little Rolex crown is fitted differently; the clasp also comes in another size and the writing on the inside of the closing system doesn’t resemble at all to the one printed on the original model. However, these flaws are not very obvious. Most people will not be able to see these mistakes and after all we must be aware that a replica is just a replica. It will never be the original product no matter how good it looks or how much we pay for it. There will always be room for mistakes. Once we realize this we can go ahead and start searching for a replica watch and possibly even find the almost perfect one.
Last modified: November 17, 2013