Could I get away with creating a list for the best fake Rolex watches of the ’60s and the ’70s and not mention a Daytona Paul Newman? You probably could, but for me personally, it’s impossible. And when it comes to picking a Daytona Paul Newman from the 1970s, the choice for me is easy. I prefer the Paul Newman with the black bezel insert rather than the steel bezel. And I also prefer the models with pump pushers above the models with screw-down pushers. It only leaves the aaa quality replica Rolex Cosmograph Daytona ref. 6264 that was produced from 1970 to 1972. It is one of the most difficult to find Paul Newman models, and as you would guess, the prices for them are astronomical.
Looking back, it’s hard to believe that the exotic Daytona dials were not a huge success for the brand. In a world where colorful watch dials were the norm, this fit in perfectly. While we tend to focus on the steel Daytona Paul Newman models, the high quality copy Rolex Daytona ref. 6264 also came in 14K yellow gold for the US market and 18K yellow gold for the European market. Some of them came with the iconic “Paul Newman Lemon” dial that also goes for unbelievable amounts of money. But let’s stay with the stainless steel model for now.
Failed but charming nonetheless
Inside the 37mm steel case, you will find the Rolex Caliber 727. This manual wind chronograph movement was an update from the Caliber 722 movement that Rolex used for the previous generation Daytona. Both are based on the Valjoux 72A movement, but this new Caliber 727 operated at a frequency of 21,600vph versus 18,000vph for the previous generation. Together with its Swiss made replica Rolex ref. 6262 counterpart with the steel bezel, these are the last Daytona references that used pump pushers. After Rolex switched to the Oyster-style case and used screw-down pushers for increased water resistance. Many people love those versions as well. For me, the true charm is in the models with the pump pushers.
As I mentioned before, finding a luxury replica Rolex Cosmograph Daytona ref. 6264 with a Paul Newman dial is next to impossible. They usually only show up at auctions and go for ridiculous amounts of money. A quick look at the Phillips website tells us that the “cheapest” ref. 6264 that was auctioned off recently went for around 100K in 2020. But as most of you know, prices for pieces in great condition easily go up to several hundreds of thousands.
Whenever I think about those prices, I always have to laugh because of what our Managing Editor Rob said about the prices for Daytona Paul Newmans. As Rob so perfectly put it: “We are locked in the bizarro universe that treats a hammer price of nearly 2 million for a failed watch design as the norm.” And it’s true. But it’s a failed design I genuinely love.