I wore one for a year, while its not black like a Submariner or anything, it's definitely not what a lot of people have in mind when they think blue.
Here is an old pic of mine...it often looked just like this:
Just got back from vacation, spent some time in Switzerland and Italy so lots of watch-related content. One of the more interesting stories came during a wine tasting tour: our tour guide through the Chianti region of Tuscany was sporting a vintage Rolex Pepsi. So I asked him about it and turns out he was a big watch guy. Had a nice conversation and he let me photograph his beautiful 1675 with plexiglass. Turns out he had a Paul Newman Daytona in the 80's but sold before the prices blew up! Doh!!
Not a fan. I owned the prior version in gold on a strap and it just always felt like half a Daytona to me. To me a Daytona belongs on a bracelet. I never really bonded with it and eventually sold it. Also, its not as versatile as the bracelet version as you are stuck with only wearing it on a strap due to the case design with faux links between the lugs. With the bracelet version you can take the bracelet off and put it on a strap, if you are so inclined.
A quick photo of my 16528.
Not sure how to measure how much wrist time my 16528 has gotten, but I've worn it a lot and I really enjoy wearing it. The gold Daytona on a strap I had for maybe 6 months and if I wore it 6 times it was a big deal. I just seemed like a better idea (more interesting option) than it turned out to be, and I never bonded with it. I think of all the watches I've owned over years that was in my collection for the shortest period of time.
As for whether to get a gold Daytona or a SS Nautilus first...they are two totally different watches. I don't think it matters what order one acquires them. One can own both an they are not redundant. I don't own a steel Nautilus, but I own a steel RO, which I got several years after my Daytonas. Whatever you don't get now you can always acquire in the future. Good luck with whatever you decide.
I would have to disagree on that point. At least, I am perfectly comfortable wearing my Red Sub on its $5 Nato strap with a suit. But then, there are those who wouldn't wear a Sub with a suit anyways. To those people I say, watch me!