Very few watches enjoy fame, success and crave like that of the Rolex Daytona. It is indeed today one of the world’s most sought-after models. Rolex named the watch after a city known as “the capital of speed” in Florida.
However, the Cosmograph Daytona is the only traditional chronograph produced by the elite watchmaker for the past 54years. The modern Daytona versions undoubtedly have a longer waiting list. And the vintage references have turned to be the most glorious stars in the auction market.
Here we have listed five significant facts about the revolutionary Rolex Cosmograph Daytona that you perhaps do not know yet. Take a quick look!
However, keep in mind that if you ever decide to sell your Rolex watch – it can be a Daytona or a Submariner, make sure to get in touch with only professional watch buyers. The process of selling will be smooth, and you will get the best possible price of your watch.
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Rolex introduced the Daytona in 1963
Rolex unveiled the Daytona initially intending to boost the popularity of the famous motor racing that takes place in Florida. However, the brand had created many chronograph watches earlier – all belonging to the previous generation.
They featured smaller cases, thin hands and Arabic numerals. At the beginning of the 1960s, Rolex produced its new sports chronograph as the Reference 6239 as a tribute to the popular Daytona race track in Florida.
The Daytona was not powered always by an in-house movement
Today, this elite Geneva-based watch manufacturer produces every part of its exclusive watches in its factory. However, it was not always the case.
- In 2000, Rolex finally equipped its iconic Daytona watch with its patented movement.
- Before it, the watch housed movements outsourced from Zenith and Valjoux.
- Nonetheless, the in-house Calibre 4130 movement powering the Daytona set a standard for the watchmaker in terms of chronometric precision.
The movement came with the parachrom hairspring that is today a standard feature of most movements available in the brand’s catalogue.
The new movement changed the Daytona’s original dial layout
You will notice a difference in dial layout between a pre-2000 Daytona watch and a post-2000 one. Rolex shifted the position of the seconds sub-dial to 6 o’clock side from the 9 o’clock position. The watchmaker had to make this modification because of the new in-house movement structure. However, it offered the classic dial a better proportion along the vertical axis.
The Daytona features Cerachrom bezel since 2016
When thinking of a classic Daytona model, many people would sketch an engraved bezel of steel. However, many coveted Daytona watches of the early years feature acrylic inserts bezels.
Rolex stopped using the less durable element in 1970, and it is visible in the Daytona Reference 6262. In 2016, the brand began equipping the watches with Cerachrom bezel, paving the way of new generation Daytona watches.
The signature screw-down pushers were not present from the beginning
The bulky screw-down pushers are among the signature characteristics of Daytona watches. But the interesting fact is that Rolex did not offer the Daytona these pushers initially.
After two years of the first version’s launch (in 1965), the Rolex Daytona Reference 6240 made its debut with screw-down pushers. It refined the water-resistant ability and robustness of the watch.
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