The Rolex Daytona Watch Given To Winner Of 2017 Rolex 24 Hours Of Daytona Race






Yesterday, on January 29, 2017, the 55th edition of the Rolex 24 (aka 24 hours of Daytona) race took place, sponsored by, of course, Rolex. Part of what that means is that the winner get’s a special Rolex watch, so we were naturally interested to have a look at the watch itself.

After 659 laps over the course of 24 hours around the Daytona speedway in Florida, Ricky Taylor, driving the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R was the winner. Along with the bragging rights, the prestige of winning the race, and (obviously) the trophy, Taylor and his team (which includes Jeff Gordon) are also receiving a Rolex Cosmograph Daytona watch in two-tone steel and yellow gold with a white dial. This is clearly not just any Rolex Daytona, but is engraved on the back exclaiming it’s meant for the wrist of the driver who wins the grueling 24-hour race.
















When discussing the win, Taylor specifically referenced the watch’s significance, saying, “After an intense race in tough conditions, it is such a relief to stand in Victory Lane as winners of ‘The Rolex.’ We take part in this race with the dream of winning the 24-hour marathon but also of one day putting a Rolex Daytona on our wrists. It really is the ultimate reward in motorsport and a reminder of our success. I’m very proud to be added to the accomplished list of Rolex 24 At Daytona winners.”












The winner’s Rolex Daytona in 2014 in steel






It looks like Taylor got the ref. 116503 Rolex Daytona which is the two-tone steel and 18k yellow gold model. Rolex slightly updated the Daytona line last year by introducing a cerachrome ceramic bezel model, but I don’t think anyone is going to complain about getting the gold bezel here. Specific Daytona models given to the winning team vary year to year. What they share in common, however, is the satisfyingly pithy engraved case back with the race’s logo, the year, and the word “Winner.”
















The 24 Hours of Daytona is a physically and likely emotionally taxing race, and the glory of victory is guaranteed to go from an ephemeral feeling to a wrist-trophy. If you have the money but still need some marathon driving practice, you can buy a Rolex Daytona ref. 116503 for $16,900. rolex.com


Winner of the 2017 Rolex 24 At Daytona GTLM Class

66, Ford Chip Ganassi Racing, Ford GT, GTLM, Dirk Mueller (DEU), Joey Hand (USA), Sebastien Bourdais (USA)

Winner of the 2017 Rolex 24 At Daytona Prototype Class10, Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R, Cadillac DPi, P, Ricky Taylor (USA), Jeff Gordon (USA), Jordan Taylor (USA), Max Angelelli (MCO)

Saturday start of the race line up at the 2017 Rolex 24 At Daytona

Saturday Ambiance at the 2017 Rolex 24 At Daytona

Michael Shank, Winner of the 2017 Rolex 24 Snodgrass Award, standing with Stewart Wicht, President of Rolex Watch U.S.A.

Friday Practice #4 – WeatherTech Championship19, BMW Team RLL, BMW M6 GTLM, GTLM, Bill Auberlen (USA), Bruno Spengler (CHE), Alexander Sims (GBR), Augusto Farfus (BRA)24, BMW Team RLL, BMW M6 GTLM, GTLM, John Edwards (USA), Kuno Wittmer (CAN), Martin Tomczyk (DEU), Nicky Catsburg (NLD)

First Place at the Thursday Qualifying – WeatherTech Championship (P) at the 2017 Rolex 24 at Daytona

5, Mustang Sampling Racing, Class P, Car: Cadillac DPi, Drivers: Joao Barbosa (PRT), Christian Fittipaldi (BRA), Filipe Albuquerque (PRT)

Signage at the 2017 Rolex 24 at Daytona

Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R #10, winner of the Rolex 24 At Daytona 2017 Prototype class10, Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R, Cadillac DPi, P, Ricky Taylor (USA), Jeff Gordon (USA), Jordan Taylor (USA), Max Angelelli (MCO)

Almost midnight at the 2017 Rolex 24 At Daytona

Racing by night

3, Corvette Racing, Corvette C7.R, GTLM, Antonio Garcia (ESP), Jan Magnussen (DNK), Mike Rockenfeller (DEU)

Ford Chip Ganassi Racing #66, winner of the Rolex 24 At Daytona 2017 GTLM class66, Ford Chip Ganassi Racing, Ford GT, GTLM, Dirk Mueller (DEU), Joey Hand (USA), Sebastien Bourdais (USA)

Official countdown after the start of the Rolex 24 At Daytona 2017

Pre-race activity in pit lane

Friday Practice #4 – WeatherTech ChampionshipGarage Activity

Friday Practice #4 – WeatherTech Championship68, Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Team UK, Ford GT, GTLM, Stefan Mucke (DEU), Olivier Pla (FRA), Billy Johnson (USA)




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