Over the last six decades, the Rolex Daytona has never stopped to amaze collectors and aficionados around the world. The difference and variations in the dials are one of these reasons. Among these praised dial variations exists the exotic dials nicknamed 'Paul Newman' after the famous actor. Those are today among the most sought-after dials on the vintage market. Nevertheless, there is one variation that exists in such small numbers that it is somewhat legendary and a centrepiece in any collection it might be a part of. The John Player Special.
Named after the British tobacco sponsored Team Lotus Formula One car of the 1970s, this watch is a true statement of the Daytona spirit. A watch for a spirited individuals pushing the boundaries of motorsports. Nowadays, this Formula One car is still regarded as one of the most elegant racing cars. It stood out because of its black carosserie and gilt inscriptions. This dial variant was nicknamed because of its black dial and gilt subsidiary dials and outer rim reminiscent to this car of legend.
Offered for the first time as part of the Important Watches: Part I auction on 14 May by the family of the original owner and with its original guaranty, this is a rare opportunity to acquire one of the most desirable Daytonas.