The Swiss movement fake Rolex Daytona is THE watch that everyone seems to be lusting for – vintage and modern alike. Today, you can’t even walk into a Rolex Authorized Dealer and buy one; you would need to get on a list, and who knows when or if the call would come in. Luxury fake Rolex has come out with many variations and references of the Daytona over the years since the model’s 1963 inception, but it all started with the ref. 6239. The defining characteristics of the ref. 6239 are the pump-style pushers and steel bezel. Rolex even made a few variations of the 6239 before coming out with later Daytona references.
The example we have today is circa 1967 and features one very special detail: The “Daytona” text is in red above the hours register. This detail is not typical for the best quality copy Rolex Daytona ref. 6239; it’s more commonly found on the later Oyster-cased Daytonas, like the “Big Red” 6263s and 6265s, and can still be found on Rolex’s signature chronograph to this day. Rolex has done an amazing job staying true to the original design over the years (for the most part), and it’s fun to look at a modern watch, see some details, and know exactly where they came from.
We recently offered a Daytona ref. 6263 “Big Red” in the Shop, and this luxury fake Rolex gives me all those feels, except in a slightly stealthier way. The steel bezel really tones it down, allowing one to fly under the radar. One thing I really like about the Swiss made replica Rolex ref. 6239, and this specific watch, is that even though many people know what a “Daytona” looks like, it’s not always obvious when it comes to vintage ones, which is something I personally appreciate.
Logan, Cait, and I like to host snake drafts to divide the writing privileges for each week’s grouping of pre-owned watches – it’s really the only way. This fake Rolex “Zenith” Daytona was my first overall selection. While this week’s group is full of classics, there was no way an 18k yellow-gold Daytona was making it all the way back to my second-round selection, the sixth overall pick of the draft. So, *draft chime* with the first pick in the March 4, 2021, HODINKEE Pre-Owned draft, Rich Fordon selects the champagne dial Rolex Daytona ref. 16528 replica watch, chronograph.
As a vintage guy at heart, the choice was easy really. Beyond the vintage 101 Swiss movement fake Rolex Daytona details – from the Cosmograph’s origin story to Paul Newman’s penchant for the model – there’s so much to appreciate about this watch. Everyone seems to know and love the various 62XX references, as they stuck around the Rolex catalog for decades from the 1960s into the 1980s. For the collector, of any kind, drawn toward a watch with a story behind it, I can’t think of a better candidate than the Rolex “Zenith” Daytona.
There’s so much to read on how this watch came to be. It really starts with the name in quotes, Zenith. The nickname comes from the modified Zenith El Primero movement that powers this generation of Rolex Daytonas. Behind this caliber is the race to create the world’s first automatic chronograph, the Quartz Revolution nearly causing the movement to disappear, and the heroics of Charles Vermot – the man who helped save Zenith, eventually allowing them to provide Rolex with its inaugural automatic chronograph movement. From there, top quality copy Rolex wrapped its first truly modern chronograph Oyster case design around a modified El Primero and completely revamped the Daytona’s dial.
The gold bracelet replica Rolex Daytona ref. 16528 does it all in 18k yellow gold and with an uncommon champagne gold-tone dial. I really fell in love with this watch during our brief time with it, so check out the rest of the details over in the HODINKEE Shop.