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Old 23 May 2023, 02:49 PM   #1
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The Daytona Ghost

Iíve been waiting for a Daytona since at least 2004
When I helped sponsor a 911 GT3Cup car team at LeMans
I found out all winners get a Daytona. Iíve always liked Rolex
but I loved the Daytona. I have had a couple GT3s and I still have
my last one. Well our team finished ok but I wouldnít have got
anything but some sponsor swag had we won. But man I wanted
that watch. In 2006 I was working for the F35 program and the
program office commissioned 50 Breitling quartz watches with
the lightning II emblem on the watch so I bought one and that reignited
my interest in watches. I traded that watch for a Navitimer cosmonaut.
That turned me back to Rolex. But then I had some health issues with
my back. Two surgeries later and about a decade later Iíd retired.
But we moved to Idaho and I was moving some 401k funds around and
I had some funds left over. So I go to my Rolex dealer in 2019 and ask
to buy a Daytona. After she got done laughing she said thereís a 7-10 year
wait. So I asked about a Sub and she said 3-7 year wait. So I was pretty frustrated so I called a 911 buddy to tell him what happened. He is a big
watch guy. Pateks Vacheron Rolex etc. He sold me his no date sub 114060
and it looked brand new. Then he helped me get a Batgirl but I still donít
have a Daytona. So I got back 4 weeks ago because I heard Rolex redid
their lists. But I bought a Omega Speedmaster Racing and got re-established
on the Rolex list but she said they donít even list Daytonas anymore.
So I said crap. But I thought the $16,000 steel Daytona was selling for
$38,000 so why go there? The Gold Daytonas are selling in the 38-40 range
So why pay 230% for a steel Daytona when you can get a Gold Daytona for
110%? So I bit the bullet and bought the 116519LN for 39k
And Iím just over the moon!! The only problem is I donít know when to wear
it. Itís the prettiest thing Iíve ever seen. And the forge marks on the
back are so cool. Thereís mint marks a St Bernard some Scales and the 18k
Mark. It has the Sunburst dial with black sundials.
Iíll post a picture when I figure out how.
Itís on the oyster flex band
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Old 23 May 2023, 03:07 PM   #2
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Sorry about the photo. My phone’s camera has exceeded the forum’s capabilities
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Old 25 May 2023, 12:14 AM   #3
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Awesome story. Congrats on the watch. It is beautiful
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Old 26 May 2023, 12:44 PM   #4
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Congrats! How cool to be a sponsor of a team at LeMans!!
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Old 26 May 2023, 10:02 PM   #5
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The Daytona Ghost

Summed it up well. That is a great grey ghost and flies under the radar.

Now on the team Daytona Winnerís Watch quest, wouldnít the X factor be something North of 800%?

And thatís per year until the team gets a class winÖ

I think youíve done the right thing!


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Old 26 May 2023, 10:40 PM   #6
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Congratulations Paul, I hope you enjoy it to the fullest
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Old 11 June 2023, 04:30 AM   #7
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So vintage
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Old 11 June 2023, 06:07 AM   #8
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Beautiful, wow, congratulations!
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Old 19 June 2023, 10:02 AM   #9
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Beautiful watch, congrats!
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Old 19 June 2023, 10:06 AM   #10
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Beautiful story!! Congratulations!


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Old 22 June 2023, 05:34 AM   #11
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And that combination is among the best! Enjoy it!
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Old 24 June 2023, 02:48 AM   #12
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Awesome watch and congrats on a once-in-a-lifetime purchase.

I am totally in love with the "Ghost"-dial, so here is what I did to combine my desire for a stainless steel "Ghost" Daytona:









I had to donate one of my black Daytonas for this experiment, but it turned out to be my personal grail watch.

Enjoy it!!!
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Old 24 June 2023, 02:49 AM   #13
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Look Fantastic! Enjoy!
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Old 6 July 2023, 07:56 PM   #14
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Beautiful!

In my opinion, the "grey ghost" is the best of the presently available dials for the Daytona. You definitely made the right decision.

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Old 14 July 2023, 10:51 PM   #15
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Perfect!
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Old 26 July 2023, 04:36 PM   #16
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Awesome watch! Did you put the black face in the white gold?
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Old 7 September 2023, 05:14 AM   #17
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Wow.. .nice dude!
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