Thursday, September 24, 2020

Service on $100,000 Daytona


Today's video is slightly different than the others: I am pulling apart and servicing my own watch. It is a 1974 Daytona Ref. 6263, which was sitting unused for a decade in a storage box. The mechanism is a Valjoux 72 which Rolex modified in the 1960s and renamed Rolex 727. What makes this movement special: Valjoux designed it back in 1939! If you are a Daytona collector, then you know that back in the 70s no one really wanted a manual chronograph. The truth is that Daytonas were so unpopular that Rolex could not give them away! Zenith, Omega and Breitling already had their own auto chronographs. A few years later, in the 1980s, Rolex started fitting Zenith movements in Daytona models. Nowadays, prices of vintage Daytonas are going through the roof. 
My watch has been serviced four times in the past: March 1985, January 1990, May 1997, November 2007, and this was its fifth time.

I hope you'll enjoy it - and no, your comments won't break my heart.

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Again, a huge 'well done' goes to Bobby for his cinematography and editing efforts. Without him, this video would not be possible.                         

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