This is the legendary Rolex model, the watch Paul Newman was never seen without; the iconic Rolex Daytona model that turns 55 years old this year. What’s under the face that makes this watch so special? Read on and we’ll tell you.
History of the Rolex Daytona
Named for the Florida city that is synonymous with speed, the Rolex Daytona was first introduced to the market in 1963. This was no accident; by the early 1960’s there was a dramatic rise in the popularity of the sport of motor racing.
Although Rolex had produced a few chronographs in the company’s history, they were elegant, refined and graceful. With the introduction of the Rolex Daytona, the chronograph was about to get an upgrade.
The popularity of the Rolex Daytona really took off when Paul Newman, a talented actor who was also a racing driver, was spotted wearing the watch. Actually, the famous actor hardly ever took his Rolex Daytona off he liked wearing it so much. It was then that an icon was born; the Rolex Daytona had star status that continues today.
Rolex Daytona Appearance
The Rolex Daytona is available in all steel, all gold or two-toned gold and steel designs. Gold models are available in white, yellow or rose. There is also a platinum model, which is, of course, the most expensive.
The dial features luminous syringe markers for the hours and hash marks for the seconds. The small seconds are in a separate dial at 6 o’clock with a 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock and a 12-hour counter at 9 o’clock.
There is a central sweep second hand and unique luminous split-baton hands. Drivers use the two counters on the dial display to map our track times and form winning tactics.
Rolex Daytona features the Oyster bracelet and clasp, which is famous for the stringent testing it undergoes during manufacture. Not only is the bracelet attractive, it is functional and comfortable as well. Alternatively, a rubber strap design is also offered in some editions.
The case is 40 mm in diameter, so it looks good on a medium to large wrist. For longevity, the crystal is sapphire, which is highly scratch resistant. The Daytona looks great with a suit or casual weekend attire but isn’t quite the look that goes with formalwear. Of course, with a watch this iconic, you would be excused for wearing it morning, noon or night.
Inside the Rolex Daytona
The Rolex Daytona launched in 1963 complete with a new-generation chronograph. Known as the Cosmograph, this version of the Rolex chronograph was dedicated to racing drivers. The Daytona is self-winding and faithful to the mechanical style watch. In the year 2000, the chronograph components for the Daytona were entirely designed and manufactured by Rolex for the first time and renamed Calibre 4130.
The Cosmograph 4130 movement is a technological marvel, setting the standard for self-winding chronograph technology. Rolex reduced the number of components by a whopping 60 percent when re-engineering the watch, making it more reliable and easier to maintain. In particular, the minute and hour counters were integrated into a single module with an off-center clutch.
This solution reduces the number of adjustments to the regulation of the chronograph from five down to one. It also enables the case to house a larger mainspring, which increases the power reserve to 72 hours from just 50 in previous models.
Waiting lists for the Rolex Daytona are up to two years in length, but you can get yours right now, choose from a large selection in our store. We have a fantastic range of years, styles and colors to choose from, so don’t wait to add the Rolex Daytona to your collection today.