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Looking back when I bought this watch I didnt think about the price much then! I got it as soon as it was available! Now I dont think it was worth 4G's, but I may be wrong! This reads like a keeper for you, congrats
The thicker case, maxi dial with larger plots and larger hands also give it that bigger look as well.
That's excellent verification work. Glad to know that the Daytona is on the "svelte" side (my own personal preference). I'm going to go out on a limb and speculate that the quoted measurement may be for its widest point, including the crown/guards. My Nautilus wears very thin/light but is supposedly 43mm... from ear to ear. Otherwise it's 38mm diagonal, I believe.
Maybe the bezel isn't actualy the widest part? I'm not wearing my Daytona at the moment, but I kind of remember the side of the case is very rounded, not flat as on a Sub/GMT, and I think the case side at its widest point actually protrudes slightly beyond the bezel, while on the Sub/GMT the bezel protrudes a bit beyond the case (which has flat sides).
Take a look at the photos below. The watch appears to rest on the case side (as evidenced by the small shadow between the bezel and the book particularly under the number 80 on the bezel). If the bezel was the widest part of the watch, wider than the case, I would think it would make actual contact with the book.
Now look at this photo. Not quite the same angle in the photo, but it appears to be resting on its bezel.
One more example of a Daytona where the bezel does not appear to be touching the book thats under it.
Not 100% conclusive, but maybe those of you wearing a Daytona today can take a closer look at the sides of the case and or take some photos.
I would agree.
The bezel on the Sub does in fact stick out further from it's case however.
I thought about the tilt. I look forward to your results with calipers. Also, maybe you could take a photo from the side with bracelet hanging down, and dial facing upward so we can see a profile of the edge of the bezel and where it sits in relation to the case side (without the crown/pushers).
I'm not truly in love with the rose gold version with ceramic bezel. If they built a SS version, I'd hope it would have a bezel more like on the original manual winds, whereby its an insert set into a metal holder. Whether Rolex will do it, who knows. There is always lots of speculation and only Rolex knows what its plans are.
Rolex only makes a profit from original sales, not from the used market so the secondary market is largely irrelevant for them. It only factors in that the idea that at one time you could buy a Daytona and flip it the same day caused people to buy it even if they really didn't need or want a chronograph. However that helped create interest in the watch from would be speculators and often kept these watches out of the hands of people that really wanted to owned one. As for the Daytona having tanked, its only partially true... in that you can't buy one and flip it for a profit the next day. It still has excellent resale value. Do we consider Submariners and GMT Masters failures because for years you could always walk into an ADs and find them in the case and if you bought it, and sold it the next day it would sustain some depreciation?
We have come to expect that Daytonas would always sell for over list price on the secondary market, but that was changed with an economic downturn around 2008, Rolex has steadily increased its price (to cut out middlemen/speculators...if I were making something, I'd want to max out on the profit rather than leave it to middlemen), and the watch has been in production now for 12+ years so there is a good supply in the used market. We forget that until the early 90s, Daytonas (which had been in production since around 1962/63) were really not popular, were heavily discounted, and anyone that bought them did so to wear them, not because it was easy flip for a profit.
I know that in some parts of the world Daytonas are still difficult to locate. So on some level it really depends where you live. Now we see far more people posting that "They got the call" (from their AD). So I think for true collectors its been a good thing that they are easier to obtain, sadly prices are much higher but only because they were always grossly underpriced. It will be interesting to see what changes if any are shown at Basel.
Fascinating pricing. As I mentioned a few pages back, I'm looking at the 116520 and my AD is offering me one for $12K. Not so bad given these secondary market options, 'no?