My double red SD Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
They do have some pretty interesting dial combo's for the White Gold version, but overall I've been pretty happy with my SS version.
That is the black MOP dial. I have 2 friends that oned one with that dial. One liked it and one hated it and sold it, because he said in low light situations its quite tough to see the time and the subdials are virtually useless on that dial. The other guy still has his. I'd rather have one of the dials with stick markers or Arabic numerals. I've just never cared for the mixing Romans on the dial and Arabic on the bezel
Yes its interesting that gold is currently more valuable than platinum. But it would never influence me to buy WG over platinum. Gold prices are at a record, but they could drop back down to normal levels again. At one point in the late 70s early 80s gold was about $800 per oz. Then it fell and for nearly 2 decades it was in the high 300 to low 400 range.
Love the DR Sea-Dweller! Great watch!
For years the Daytona was the most complicated watch one could buy from Rolex. Also, for the first roughly 25 years Daytonas were made (early 60s to late 80s) they were only available in either all steel or all gold (and the price difference was significant). When I bought my 1st steel Daytona it was $4,350 while an all gold one was around $18,000. So needless to say there were far more people that could afford all steel vs. all gold. Also it was a very undervalued watch for $4,350 (BP, Breguet, and AP RO chronos of the time cost 2-3x as much as the Daytona. So there were lots of speculators flipping them the same day for a profit. Year ago there were far fewer dial choices than there are today. Now at $12K there is no room for speculators, so the flipping isn't prevalent but its still the least expensive new Daytona you can buy. In addition, for people like me, there is not enough difference in look or enjoyment between the SS and the WG and with an MSRP of $40k there are lots of watches that might be a better over all choice.
A true classic. Enjoy it.
Back in the day (60's,70's and early 80's) Daytona's weren't that popular. However something changed. Rolex made fewer of them, the SS Daytona became harder to get, Jewelers could only get a few every year, they grew in popularity, and soon there were waiting lists. Thus those who bought more at their Jeweler were those who went to the top of the list. Like already said you could pay MSRP and walk out of the store and resell it for a very handsome profit if that was your wish.
However with the combination of the economic downturn,the cost being quite a bit higher, it appears as the boom years maybe over. However jewlers can still only get so many SS Daytona's every year and there are still some areas were it is pretty difficult to get a SS Daytona. However to this day I have yet to see a brand new SS Daytona being displayed in a Jewelers display case. They are usually kept in the back in the safe. The same cannot be said for the Gold or SS Daytona's. The Gold ones cost much more and are much easier to get because Rolex doesn't limit Jewlers ability to get these and not that many people can afford them. The TT which cost more than the SS aren't as popular and are pretty easy to get as well.
Patek also does the same thing with their 5711 Nautilus and Aquanaut. Patek does not over produce these watches and they are not as easy to get as a number of their other watches in the 20,000 to 100,000 price range. You would actually would find it much easier to buy one of their 85,000 watches. For them it makes a lot of sense. By doing so they don't cheapen the brand buy making it so easy to get a Patek (cost wise) and they keep some of their less expensive watches special.