When it comes to collectible luxury Swiss watches, the Rolex Daytona Cosmograph takes the cake as one of the most sought-after models on the market. While any watch collector would be happy with the opportunity to acquire a modern example, extreme rarity lies in the unique vintage models that have been long since discontinued from Rolex’s catalog. This very rare and special Daytona is making waves in the watch world as it recently sold at auction, breaking the record for the most expensive gem-set Rolex Daytona ever. With only eight pieces known to be in existence on the market, reference 6270 dates back to circa 1988 when bejeweled sport Rolex models were categorized as outlandish.
Today, the 37mm 18k yellow gold Daytona standouts as the ultimate collector’s piece, showcasing a fixed bezel adorned with baguette diamonds around its entirety. The matching gold dial presents a precious pavé design that covers its surface in brilliant-cut diamonds with blue sapphire indexes. A set of cobalt blue sub-dials add contrast and even include gold hands and indexes. The most noticeable characteristic of the vintage Rolex Daytona is its immaculate condition, represented by the original green retail sticker on the backcase. Described as one of the most collectible and important Rolex timepieces in history, this 1988 Rolex Daytona Ref. 6270 sold at Phillips’ The Geneva Watch Auction: XVII for an astonishing $4,120,600.