Rolex fans are quite familiar with the Daytona name. However, Rolex named their signature chronograph collection after the Daytona Speedway back in the 1960s. So it’s only fitting that the fake Rolex would be the major sponsor of this epic annual motorsports event. Rolex has been the title sponsor of the 24 Hours of Daytona since 1992.
Two-time Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso is making headlines this year, as he will race for the first time at the 2018 edition of Rolex 24 at the Daytona. Commenting on his upcoming race, Alonso said, “Going out of my comfort zone by taking part in such an iconic race as the Daytona 24 Hours is just amazing. I expect for racing for United Autosports, the reigning European LMP3 champions.”
Therefore, along with trophies, the winners of the Rolex 24 will also take home a Daytona watch. Just ask veteran driver, Scott Pruett, who has won the 24 Hours at Daytona five times! Actually, he’s tied with Hurley Haywood as the driver with the most overall wins, and his replica watch box proves it. Together with some personal Rolex pieces he’s purchased himself, Pruett’s Rolex collection includes five “Winner Rolex Daytona 24”-engraved Daytonas. He recently talked about his Rolex collection during an interview with The Drive last year, where he said, “From a driver’s standpoint, there’s something about the fake Rolex. You can’t buy one. Some have come easier than others, they’re all difficult, but they’re all cherished.”
While the prize is typically a steel Daytona watch, last year’s winners—Ricky Taylor, Max Angelelli, Jeff Gordon, Jordan Taylor—were instead awarded the two-tone Daytona ref. 116503 chronographs with the coveted “WINNER” engraving on the back marking their progress. While the yellow gold and steel Daytona model is absolutely a fantastic replica watch, it’s no secret that the hottest Daytona watch right now is the stainless steel Daytona watch with a black Cerachrom ceramic bezel. Whether the 2018 Rolex 24 at Daytona champs will get their hands on is ready to be seen.
There’s also the Roar before the Rolex 24 prior to the main event, which is a three-day test series to get gear-heads around the world into the spirit of the new motorsports season. Tune in this month to witness who will be crowned the winners of the 2018 Rolex 24 at Daytona and to see which Daytona watch Rolex replica will present to the new champs.