I remember a few months ago when this was first discussed, with no small amount of ridicule (mine too). Then I found the thing haunting my dreams like the Eye of Sauron. I still haven't seen one, but I've a strange feeling that it has a lot more charisma than the pictures suggest. Back to that same old adage: there's no substitute for seeing something on the wrist. On you second point, I tried on the "President" platinum Day-Date the other day while bored in an airport. It is very heavy indeed; I imagine this would be similar. Now that's a very ugly $60k imho. But the Daytona may yet have magical powers.
Frilly, swaps aside, did you actually like it?
Yes. It is hefty. It has clean lines. There is no substitute for the feel of noble platinum on your wrist. The ice blue dial pops and even the chocolate bezel works.
Hah hah - hey, I try not to sacrifice "looks" even if I go the cheaper route... but this one is of decidedly lower quality, not good year welted, not meant to last a decade. Still, it's cheap, I don't care if it gets scuffed, it's deathly comfortable, and it actually looks good IMHO. Works for me!
Agreed, there is no substitute for seeing a watch on your wrist. Photos just are not the same. I think the Platinum Daytona is far better looking in Frilly's photo, so I suspect its quite handsome on the wrist in person. Although, in its price range I would probably choose something else. Still cool to have an oyster bracelet and case in platinum. Yes, I tried on a Plat. Day-Date years ago and it was very heavy.
That's my problem with the platinum Daytona. It is a lovely piece. Will I ever pay $75K retail? Probably not, not when the closest comparable would be the all platinum 118206 retailing at $62,000... and being sold pre-owned for under $27,000 by one of my dealers. I'm seeing the DDII 218206 trading for under $50K (mid to low $40s) in some chrono24 listings... and that's just the ask. Still a boatload of money, but not MSRP $75K.
As one dealer told me, for the MSRP of the all plat Daytona he can get himself a very desirable Patek 5070 chronograph... and a pre-owned steel Daytona.