The Rolex Daytona watch: why the long waiting list?


When it comes to buying a fake rolex sale Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona, remember that patience is a virtue and steel yourself for at least a three- to five-year wait.

The Daytona is one of the most coveted timepieces among collectors and a 1969 Paul Newman Datyona Ref. 6263 with a brown tropical dial, shown below, sold for just under $2m at Phillips Geneva auction in May 2016. What is it about these watches that have collectors chomping at the bit to get their hands on one? Is it the fact that they are so hard to find? Is it a case of fake rolex sale deliberately limiting production to breed desire? And even when they are available, most suppliers tend to favour loyal clients over a first-come-first-serve policy.

Why is there such a long waiting list for the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona?


I asked Justin Koullapis, partner at The Watch Club and an expert in all matters related to rolex replica watches, why there are such long waiting lists.

“The phenomenon of the waiting list has been built up over decades,” explains Koullapis, “and started in 1988 when Rolex fitted its Cosmograph with an automatic Zenith movement.” Known as the Ref. 16500 series, the breakthrough was the incorporation of a powerful new automatic movement based on Zenith’s iconic El Primero calibre placed inside a larger 40mm case.

The watch was an immediate success and the good old supply and demand curve swung into action. “The waiting list for the new model started to grow because Rolex was sourcing movements from Zenith and there was a shortage of them,” adds Koullapis.


Although rolex replica watches now controls its entire production cycle and has been producing its own highly sophisticated automatic chronograph movement since 2000, known as calibre 4130, the waiting list phenomenon created by relying on third parties “has certainly has done Rolex no harm,” says Koullapis.


Which are the most popular Rolex Cosmograph Daytona models?

If you were presented with a tray of three Daytonas, one in platinum, one in gold and one in stainless steel, which one do you think would have the longest waiting list? My assumption would be a precious metal model but no, that is not the correct answer. Although “gold and platinum models sell well,” explains Koullapis, “they are not hard to come by. The real waiting list is for the stainless-steel models.”


Rolex replica watches has orchestrated its growth to an enviable and absolutely unique state of success in the watch industry. To put the cherry on the cake, Rolex was voted the world’s most reputable company for the second year in a row by The Reputation Institute, outstripping companies like Lego, Walt Disney, Canon and Sony, and was the only watch brand on the list of 100 companies.