Not All Rolex Daytonas Are Equal

Not all Rolex Daytonas are equal. Condition, style and manufacturing date are all important when determining their worth. The three Rolex Daytonas pictured are all stainless steel, but they have vastly different values.

On the right is a commonplace, circa 2000 normal-dial Daytona. Depending on condition, it is worth anywhere from $8,000 to $20,000.

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$25,000-$100,000 / 1980s STEEL ROLEX DAYTONA

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$100,000-$500,000 / 1970s SPECIAL-DIAL ROLEX DAYTONA

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$8,000-$20,000 / 2000s STEEL ROLEX DAYTONA

The Paul Newman Daytona

On the left is a 1980s Daytona. In used condition, it is worth $25,000 to $100,000. The model in the middle, however, is really special. Routinely called the “exotic dial” Daytona — sometimes the Paul Newman Daytona — it sells for $100,000 to $500,000, depending on model number and condition (and whether it comes with the original box and papers). It takes an expert to know the value of a vintage Rolex.

We are among the top buyers in the world of fine and vintage watches, which is why auction houses all over the world (even the Rolex Corp.) ask us for our expertise when evaluating older watches. Google “Hess Rolex Book” and read about us.

This is an archival article formerly written and is for informational purposes only. The valuations in this article have likely changed since it was first written.

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