Since so many of you enjoyed yesterday’s topic about the unusual example of a Rolex Milgauss Ref. 6541 by our resident Rolex expert Eric Ku, I’m going to continue with another post about the beloved brand. People love Rolex, there’s no doubt about it. Collectors gather around the world to talk shop and bring out their babies to share coveted examples rarely seen in person. One watch that makes enthusiast’s drool is the Paul Newman Oyster Daytona.
Once you delve into Rolex, you find that there are a variety of dials so it’s hard to keep track of the reference numbers let alone the characteristics. In fact, it can be rather daunting. Because a simple font or color can mean the difference between a high five figure or even six figure price, you need to know what you’re looking for. What makes it even more complicated is that people turn out excellent fakes to take advantage of market prices and the uninitiated collector. There’s nothing worse than finding out that you shelled out a big wad of cash for an imposter.
So what can you do if you don’t want to get ripped off? Of course, you can trust a reputable seller, just make sure to do your research. But, the best way to ensure you’re not duped is to educate yourself. Sometimes, though, it’s hard to get great information. Sure, there are books on the subject, but what if you don’t have the time to read through the tomes.Try to see a real model in the flesh and have an authority on the subject point out the minutiae that makes the piece so special. But if that fails…
Phillip Stahl of the Rolex Passion Report to the rescue. He breaks down the MK2 Paul Newman Oyster Daytona from around the 3 million serial number: Ref. 6263 and Ref. 6265. He makes what can be complex easily understandable. Check out his killer post here.