Rolex Daytona did not start out as the Daytona. Instead, the 1955 version, the Reference 6234, was labeled the "Rolex Chronograph." This is the first recognizable version of the watch that would come to be known as the Daytona, and it is estimated that only 500 were made each year between 1955 and 1961.By 1962, it was clear that the popularity of Daytona racing was not a "flash in the pan," so Rolex continued to capitalize on that popularity by using the "Daytona" designation on its watches.The original Daytona was not popular, despite the endorsement of celebrities like Paul Newman. Newman became the most well-recognized person to ever wear the Daytona.Rolex Daytona has remained a mainstay, along with the Submariner, that represents Rolex's solidity, strength and ability to bring these qualities to beautiful, fashionable timepieces. More Replica Rolex Daytona China.