Is the Overseas the new Daytona?

It may sound like a weird question but I just came back from a 2 week trip in Italy (Tuscanny, Milano and Rome) and I was extremely surprised to see so many Overseas on the wrists! Usually the major watch you see is a Rolex (Sub or Daytona), I hadn't been in Italy for a few years but seems like something has changed and the Italian WIS (or fashionistas) have adopted the VC Overseas.

Since often in terms of watches the Italians set the trend will the Overseas overthrow the Daytona?!!!

An interesting possibility...
06/14/2008 - 17:01

but one that I think is a long way from beoming a reality. 

While I am certainly more of a VC fan as opposed to being a Rolex fan, I believe that a tremendous amount of recognition and credit is owed to Rolex and the Daytona.  The Rolex Daytona has achieved true iconic stature over the last several decades.  In fact, it might be one of the world's most widely recognized and possibly coveted watches.  The Overseas, while a fine watch, has not achieved the same degree of success in terms of recognition and desireability.  Also, as much as we love VC and their fine watches, the brand recognition is still heavily skewed in the favor of Rolex. 

One other factor to consider is production.  I do not have any actual production numbers but I suspect that on an annual basis, the production is higher for the Rolex Daytona as compared to that of the VC Overseas.

Maybe in another decade or two, then it could happen...

Thanks Tourbillon for raising the topic as it is most certainly an interesting possibility to consider.


What about Royal Oak Chrono?
06/15/2008 - 07:31

Not talking about the ROO... It's in the same category with VC Overseas Chrono. Thanks!

surprisingly I didn't notice any! NT
06/15/2008 - 14:55


Another very good chrono but...
06/15/2008 - 15:54

it is totally overshadowed by the Offshore.  The Royal Oak is not alone as almost everything that AP makes gets scant attention as the Offshore garners the press and collectors' attention.

IMHO, in order to attain true iconic status in the industry, it helps to be iconic within your own brand.  The Daytona is certainly iconic within Rolex but unfortunately, I am not sure the same can be said for the Royal Oak...


Funny you say this as I noticed this too a couple of weeks ago when
06/14/2008 - 17:10

I was in Milano! I was surprised by the number of Overseas on the wrists.

Wonder what the Italian Loungers say...

I agree with Duncan
06/17/2008 - 07:26

Although I am happy to see that VC has (finally?) come up with a sports watch design that seems to be accepted by many, it is still not as popular as the RO and nowhere near the status of the Daytona.  Of course, there could be different markets for these watches (RO and OS vs. Daytona).  However, a good measure for the iconic status and desireability of the Daytona is the premium with which it comes in the gray market.  On the other hand, the OS and most ROs come at a discount.

I was actually offered a SS Daytona at an AD during my vacation in Hawaii and I was actually tempted to buy it at retail so I could flip it in Japan...Well, I decided I was not into watches for the money so I just left it for the next lucky guy.



Re: Is the Overseas the new Daytona?
06/23/2008 - 09:22

This thread is certainly fascinating to read. I have been told without written documentation that VC only produces 1000 Stainless Steel Overseas Chronos per year. Perhaps one of you has better information than I received here in the US. As an owner of a Rolex Daytona as well, they are plentiful and easy to buy as the production numbers are vastly higher worldwide. Of course, the Stainless Steel model is more limited. So with that information, I was kinda thinking that ownership of an Overseas Chrono was like having a limited edition watch. Now that may be a stretch, but many limited editions are held to 500 to 1000 released watches. Would enjoy seeing your comments here. As a new VC OSC owner, I am interested in learning all I can about the brand and my watch too.  Thank you!  Regards, Matt