Scott Pruett’s watches show up in a plush box, lined up two-by-four. The kind of digs you’d expect for a priceless coin collection. A man who regularly drives priceless racecars got nervous when he gathered up the eight watches for shipping and learned the bundle was insured for $150,000.
Pruett won Daytona outright for the first time in 1994. He won it back-to-back in 2007 and 2008, topped the podium again in 2011 and notched his latest overall win in 2013. The five victories tie him with racing legend Hurley Haywood for the most Daytona wins. Combined with five championship wins and the result is a well-cemented legend in sportscar racing and a startling collection of hard-won Rolexes replica.
In a sport with no shortage of traditions and laurels, a race-winning Daytona is a rare practical trophy. Win at Indy and you’ll wear a wreath, drink milk from a bottle rolex replica and have your disembodied head represented in silver on the Borg-Warner Trophy. Win at Daytona and you walk away with a $12,000 luxury timepiece. It’s a compelling argument for sportscar racing.
Ties between replica Rolex and Daytona’s famous tourists run deep. Malcolm Campbell was an aficionado, wearing his Oyster over the sleeve of his jumpsuit for his record runs on Daytona’s white sand. By 1959 racing had moved to the asphalt speedway, and in 1962 Rolex replica signed up as timekeeper. In 1963 the company started marketing their chronograph toward drivers, and debuted a nickname for the new watch: Daytona.
Winner’s watches are stainless. From the front they’re the very same watch you’d get if you walked into a jeweler and asked for a Daytona. Smaller than trends dictate, and lighter than you’d expect. Four dials. Few frills. Pruett has won watches with both white and black faces. There’s no rhyme or reason to which face goes with which year, or he can’t discern one anyway. On the back though, precisely engraved, are the words “Winner cheap Rolex Daytona 24,” followed by the year. Collect enough of them, like Pruett has, and you’ll be able to measure time with the back of your watch as well as the front.
A careful eye can spot race-winning Daytonas in the wild. Surprisingly, the math is in your favor. Four racing classes mean four winning cars, with three or four drivers per car. Rolex replica doesn’t hand watches out at Daytona like candy, but more than a dozen winner’s watches enter circulation annually. Wander through an IMSA pit or the garage at an Indy race. Keep an eye out, and you’ll see those characteristic four dials poking out from under a sleeve.
Years ago a friend pointed to 1994 winner Steve Millen’s Daytona, soaked in oil and sweat as Millen wrenched on his Targa Newfoundland Nissan GT-R. Despite dating back to the same winning ride, Pruett’s 1994 winner doesn’t show the bumps and bruises of garage life.