Justin Rose is back in the winners circle after his gutsy performance at the AT&T Pro-Am. The weather was brutal and the tournament had to be completed on Monday, but that didn’t stop Rose from keeping his focus getting the win. He held up the crystal trophy while wearing what looks like a rare white gold Rolex Daytona on his wrist.
Name: Rolex Cosmograph Daytona
Date: ~2000 – 2006 ?
Case: 18k White Gold
Bezel: 18k White Gold
Dial: Tahitian Mother of Pearl
Movement: Calibre 4130, 44 Jewels
Power Reserve: 72 Hours
Glass: Saphire Crystal
Waterproof: 100 Meters
Bracelet: Black Alligator Strap
Price: ~$30,000 – $70,000?
Rolex’s Daytona is currently one of the most collectable and sought after watches in the world. But life didn’t start out so great for the Daytona. The Rolex Chronograph started life as a manual wind watch that struggled to sell. Rolex wasn’t known for its chronograph movements and other watch brands were considered experts in that design. In 1965 Rolex adopted the Daytona name as it was influenced by the races held at the legendary Florida raceway. Even with the name change it took some time for the Daytona to really become a popular piece in the Rolex lineup. In the early 2000’s, Rolex added some color and unique options to the Daytona including some brightly colored leather straps and dials.
It looks like Justin was wearing a very rare Rolex Daytona in white gold with a Tahitian Mother of Pearl dial, featuring Roman Numeral hour markers. I have looked through the internet and there isn’t a lot of information on this particular watch and photos are tough to come by. So if anything is incorrect here, please understand why!
The case on Justin’s Daytona is 40mm and made from solid 18k gold. Rolex has been making its down gold and platinum alloys in its own foundry since the late 1990’s. This enables Rolex to control the quality and consistency of the metal to ensure it lives up to the tight tolerances Rolex demands. The case features a solid caseback that screws into the case and helps give the watch a 100 meter water resistance rating. On top of the case is a white gold bezel that is polished and features a tachymeter scale for the unlikely timing of land speed!
The dial is Tahitian Mother of Pearl that is pretty rare in the Rolex lineup. Tahitian MOP, also known as Black Mother of Pearl, is made from Pinctada margaritifera oysters and about 90% of them come from pearl farms in Tahiti. No two dials will ever be the same color or pattern so replacing the exact purple, pink, and blue hue is impossible. The hour markers are Roman Numerals and crafted from matching white gold. The sub dials are also made from Tahitian MOP and offer a unique contrast agains the rest of the dial. A scratch-resistant sapphire crystal covers the dial and hands.
Inside this special Daytona is a self-winding, automatic Calibre 4130 movement that was designed and built in-house by Rolex. A blue Parachrom hairspring and Praflex shock absorbers help keep time through temperature changes and jarring movements. The 4130 is made from 201 parts, including 44 jewels, and offered 72 hours of power reserve. A black alligator strap holds the Daytona on Justin’s wrist and features a white gold Oysterlock safety clasp.
Details, photos, and pricing for this rare Daytona are pretty hard to come by. I only see one for sale on Chrono24 and it is listed for $70,000 but there are other Tahitian MOP Daytonas with metal bracelets for around $30,000 – $40,000. No matter the price, you can bet that finding another one of these will not be easy!