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This Rolex is loved by the stars - from Michael Jordan to Jay-Z to Ed Sheeran

Michael Jordan, Jay-Z and Ed Sheeren love these Rolex Cosmograph Daytonas

Some watch collectors vary between different brands and models, while others only want one brand or even a very specific model. A particularly popular collector's item: the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona.

Why it is like that? Ben Clymer, founder of the Hodinkee watch website, recently wrote in an ode to chronographs in the American GQ: “[The Daytona, the Omega Speedmaster and the Heuer Carrera] represent entire categories of collecting and science for themselves, and in the past For seven decades they have rightly reached a level of appreciation that in some cases even surpasses the brands they make ”.

The most beautiful Rolex Cosmograph Daytonas of the stars

The Daytona is the ultimate crown jewel: it is awarded as a prize to the winner of the Daytona 24-hour race and Jay-Z used it as an invitation for VIPs to his gala. In addition, it breaks one record after the other: In 2015 it became the most expensive Rolex of all time when Eric Clapton's former “Oyster Albino” was sold for 1.4 million dollars. It broke the record for the most expensive watch of all time in 2017 when Paul Newman's Daytona sold for $ 17.8 million. Here we show you the most beautiful models of the stars.

Rolex # 1: John Mayer's “Rainbow” Daytona (Reference: 116598)

John Mayers wears the “Rainbow” Rolex Cosmograph Daytona (reference: 116598).

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Rolex Cosmograph Daytona (Reference: 116598)

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The Rolex Cosmograph Daytona with a rainbow of 36 sapphires does not fit into the traditionally sporty line of this model, but surprisingly it is still very popular. When this model first appeared, many watch connoisseurs were unsure how it would be received. But in the end the joy of collecting outweighed it. Today the watch with the reference 116598 has become indispensable.

Rolex # 2: Michael Jordan's Anniversary Daytona (Reference: 116506)

Michael Jordan wears a Rolex that was launched for the 50th anniversary of the Daytona (reference: 116506).

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Rolex Cosmograph Daytona (Reference: 116506)

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Expectations were high in 2013: what will Rolex be planning to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Daytona? The result is this very unexpected but elegant version of the Daytona. The very first model made of platinum, with an ice-blue dial and chocolate-colored bezel. Michael Jordan, who loves unique timepieces, has of course integrated this model directly into his collection.

Rolex # 3: Jonah Hills “John Mayer” Daytona (Reference: 116508)

Jonah Hills wears a “John Mayer” Rolex Cosmograph Daytona (reference: 116508).

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“John Mayer” Rolex Cosmograph Daytona (Reference: 116508)

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The gold-green Daytona by Jonah Hill is a microcosm of the peculiarities of the watch world. When it debuted at the Baselworld watch fair in 2016, the model, which cost around $ 34,650 at the time, was still relatively unpopular. However, when it comes to the value of a watch, it only takes one person to shift gravity. After John Mayer had his eye on the specimen, collectors suddenly began to pay more attention to the piece. The singer had such an impact on the watch that people began to refer to it as "John Mayer" Daytona. In the secondary market, collectors now pay well over $ 50,000 for this model.

Rolex # 4: Jay-Zs Daytona (Reference: 116500LN)

Jay-Z wears a Rolex Cosmograph Daytona with a “Panda” dial (reference: 116500LN).

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Rolex Cosmograph Daytona (Reference: 116500LN)

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When Jay-Z wore this watch to the 2016 NBA Finals, it was probably the hottest piece in the entire collecting community. After the flashy and unconventional platinum version, released in 2013, disappointed many Rolex fanatics, this version was balm for their souls. In 2016, Rolex launched new Daytona models - including this stainless steel watch, which had faithfully reproduced a vintage version with a black and white “panda” dial. The model is still very popular today and regularly frustrates collectors with a multi-year waiting list.

Rolex # 5: Paul Newman's “Big Red” Daytona (Reference: 6263)

Paul Newman wears a “Big Red” Rolex Cosmograph Daytona (reference: 6263).

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Rolex Cosmograph Daytona (Reference: 6263)

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While Newman is best known for the exotic Daytona dial now named after him (which sold for nearly $ 18 million at auction), it wasn't the only version of the model he wore. After he had given this Daytona to his daughter's friend, he picked up this “Big Red” version, named after the slightly thicker sheet of text above the center dial. This watch has a lot in common with Newman's original: after two years he passed this watch on to his daughter. Like the first, it has a cute inscription from his wife on the case back that reads: “Drive Slowly Joanne”. And this watch is also due to be auctioned soon. Phillips, the auction house that sells the watch, estimates it will sell for "over $ 1 million".

Rolex # 6: Ed Sheeran's “Paul Newman” Daytona (Reference: 6239)

Ed Sheeran wears a “Paul Newman” Rolex Cosmograph Daytona (reference: 6239).

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Rolex Cosmograph Daytona (Reference: 6239)

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Of course, no discussion of the Daytona would be complete without talking about the reference 6239 - the most famous of all Daytona models and the version of the watch that really put the timepiece on the map. Legend has it that the watch initially sold poorly when it was first released in the early 1960s due to its garish design and fancy Art Deco text. Low sales meant that Rolex produced very few of these watches, making them even rarer today. The 6239 is exactly the type of watch that a devoted collector like Sheeran is dying to have. He even wears it on a leather bracelet - just like Paul Newman.

The article "This Watch Is Beloved by John Mayer, Michael Jordan, Jonah Hill, and Jay-Z" by Cam Wolf is originally onGQ.compublished.

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