There is a watch which is called Rolex Oyster Cosmograph Daytona, and this special timepiece is the only famous example of the model to have ever been made in 18k white gold. This replica watch was first produced in 1970, and uses the same Oyster case and screw-down chronograph pushers as the other one; however it was equipped with a metal bezel rather than one made from acrylic. Vintage Rolex Daytona watches were traditionally manufactured in either stainless steel or 18k yellow gold; and while some 14k yellow gold examples were produced for the North American market, this white gold model is extremely particular, and is the only famous example of its kind.
Manufactured as a unique order in 1970, and sold through a German retailer to its original owner in 1971. The black “Sigma dial” is fitted with matching white gold hour markers, and the 18k white gold case has managed to retain all of its proper hallmarks throughout the years. The funny thing is that despite being an entirely white gold watch, the crown on this model is made from stainless steel, and it is alleged that this is the proper configuration for the timepiece.
With Phillips calling the watch “The Unicorn” Rolex, the estimate for John Goldberger’s one-of-a-kind, 18k white gold, Daytona is “in excess of CHF 3 million,” which is consistent with the auction prices that other, ultra-exclusive, Rolex watches have reached in recent years. Both Paul Newman’s Daytona and the Bao Dai reference 6062 broke the records in 2017, and seven-figure auction prices are surely not something that is only achieved by Rolex timepieces.
Phillips upcoming “Daytona Ultimatum” thematic sale promises, “an extremely limited selection of the finest, rarest, and best-preserved cheap replica Rolex Daytona wristwatches known to exist,” and this one-of-a-kind, white gold watch is a perfect centerpiece for what will certainly be a breathtaking collection of chronographs. While the watch itself is absolutely gorgeous and truly about as rare and exclusive as Rolex timepieces get, the most significant detail about this white gold. This noble cause will certainly help to raise its final sale price, and everyone involved can feel good knowing that the massive sum it will fetch will be used to improve the lives of kids.