History of the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona
The Rolex Cosmograph Daytona had its introduction in 1963. The Reference 6239 with a black dial was
one of the first Rolex Daytona’s to be introduced. This model had a 36.5mm case, Valjoux 72 movement,
and unthreaded pump pushers, which meant this Daytona had limited water resistance. The case came
in stainless steel, 14k yellow gold, and 18k yellow gold case varieties. This watch model had stick
markers and a seconds track on the outer edge of the dial.
The Reference 6239 was also released in a Paul Newman version. This model features a 36.5mm case in
stainless steel, 14k gold, or 18k gold, red “Daytona” text, unique Arabic indices, and contrasting seconds
The next Rolex Daytona was released in 1965, the Reference 6240. This model watch had a slightly
larger stainless steel case of 37.5mm. Other features include Cosmograph Daytona text on the dial, Paul
Newman dial option, screw-down pushers for added water resistance, and black acrylic bezel.
The Reference 6241 was also introduced in 1965. This watch option features a 37.5mm case, Valjoux
calibre 727, acrylic bezel, and unthreaded pump pushers. Most of the Reference 6241 watches were
constructed in stainless steel, although a few could be found with a 14k gold or 18k gold case. Standard
and Paul Newman dials were both produced with this watch model. This watch was produced until
In 1969, the Reference 6263 was released. This Rolex Cosmograph Daytona watch model features a
37.5mm case in stainless steel, 14k gold, and 18k gold, although only about 2,000 watches were crafted
in gold. The watch was offered with the standard dial or Paul Newman dial and had the same Valjoux
calibre 727 movement as prior Daytona watch versions. The Reference 6263 watch features a black
acrylic tachymeter engraved bezel and screw-down pushers. This watch version continued to be
produced until 1987.
The Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Reference 6265 was also produced throughout the same years as the
Reference 6263. This Daytona version has a 37mm case in stainless steel, 14k gold, or 18k gold, stainless
steel or gold bezel, screw-down pushers, and dial choices of standard, including the Big Red version, and
The next Rolex Cosmograph Daytona produced in the 1970s was the Reference 6264. This watch was
produced for three years in the early 1970s and was available in the standard dial and Paul Newman dial
versions. Other features included a 37mm case in stainless steel, 14k gold, or 18k gold, printed black
acrylic bezel, unthreaded pump pushers, and Valjoux calibre 727 movement. This is one of the rarest
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona watches.
In 1988, the brand introduced the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona which would replace the Valjoux calibre
727 with a new movement, the calibre 4040. The Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Reference 16520 has a
40mm stainless steel case, white or black dial, steel bezel, screw-down pushers, sapphire crystal, and
five different dial variations during production years 1988-2000.
The next Rolex Cosmograph Daytona watches the brand produced include the Reference 16523 and
Reference 16528. These Daytona watch versions are similar to the Reference 16520. The Reference
16523 is a two-tone gold watch while the Reference 16528 is all gold. These watches have a porcelain
dial in black, white, or gold with “Daytona” in red over the 6 o’clock mark.
In the 2000s, the Reference 116520 was introduced, featuring a 40mm Oystersteel case and bracelet
and steel bezel. The movement on this version of Rolex Cosmograph Daytona is an in-house calibre 4130
with a vertical clutch. This watch was produced from 2000-2016.
Current Rolex Daytona Watches
The Reference 116500LN Rolex Cosmograph Daytona followed the Reference 116520 in the production
line. This 40mm case watch features Oystersteel construction throughout and has an in-house calibre
4130 movement. This watch also has an engraved tachymeter and Ceracrom ceramic bezel.
For a two-tone Rolex Cosmograph Daytona, the Reference 116503 is sure to meet your approval. This
current Rolex Daytona features a 40mm case, Rolesor gold and steel construction, in-house calibre 4130
movement, and gold bezel.
If you want to explore the current all-gold Rolex Cosmograph Daytona watches, Reference 116509,
Reference 116508, and Reference 116505 are ones you should consider. Whether you want Everose
gold, white gold, or yellow gold, there’s a new Rolex Cosmograph Daytona for you. These watches are
18k gold and have an in-house calibre 4130 movement.
For a sportier Rolex Daytona currently available in various gold materials, explore the Reference 116515
(Everose gold), Reference 116518 (yellow gold), or Reference 116519 (white gold). This Daytona has a
rubber strap for a more athletic vibe, which is fully integrated into the lugs. The in-house calibre 4130
movement ensures its timekeeping capabilities are top-notch.
There’s also an impressive platinum Rolex Daytona, the Reference 116506, which has a lovely platinum
case and bracelet. Other features include an ice blue dial in two versions, brown ceramic bezel, and in-
house calibre 4040 movement.
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