The going rate for a new SS Daytona is $11-12K. The best deal I could have gotten is $9.5 and that's because my uncle is in watch repair business. He has an "watch guy" that around Xmass time has a lot high end watches, including Rolex, at bellow retail. Most at 30% off.
This is how it works: for example, a Rolex AD has a quota to meet on how many Rolex's he has to move. This AD will unload a bunch of his less-than-bestselling models and a few well-sellers plus a Daytona or two, to sweeten the deal. SS Daytona is the only watch he will probably sell for retail but he makes several thousand on the less desirable TT-Datejusts, Subs, Daytonas and the other less popular 18K gold models.
The "watch guy" can offer these watches w/open pepers and warranty on the grey market because if any watch does need repair, he can always go to the AD and have the papers back dated and what not. Making it look like the watch just recently sold. With Rolex it's never a problem since they seldom break in the first 10-20 years so Rolex original warranty is kind of useless. And if theres a problem w/back dating a SS Daytona purchase, where the watch fails, than than my uncle fixes it so there's never a concern to the costumer.
So in the end let's not fool our selfs with the idea that an SS Daytona "retails" for about $8K. It retails for about $12K and that's the way Rolex wants it. Rolex created an artificial demand for the SS Daytona and in my eyes, this beautiful timepiece, lost it's luster(plus it has no **** date)