The History of Rolex Daytona

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The History of Rolex Daytona

Post by koimaster » October 31st 2019, 9:04am

Charting the greatest moments of Rolex’s fabled history with chronograph wristwatches, The Rolex Daytona Capsule Collection sale , which is open for bidding until 30 May, brings together a selection of 13 exquisite timepieces that span the eight decades of the Oyster Chronograph.

Following a handful of tentative Zenograph/Centregraph monopushers in the late-1930s, the ref. 4500 ‘Pre-Daytona’ represents Rolex’s move into chronograph production in earnest.

Dating to the mid-1940s, the ref. 4500 boasts a conventional 2/4 o’clock pusher configuration and ‘side by side’ sub-dial layout. This particular example also includes bi-metal yellow gold and stainless steel case construction and a tachymeter/telemeter scale.

Given the obvious benefits of the chronograph’s combined wristwatch/stopwatch function, Rolex’s early pieces found popularity with many individuals in professions ranging from medicine to the armed forces and, prolifically, motorsport – including the racing legend Enzo Ferrari.

Evolution of the Rolex Chronograph continued over the next 20 years until, in 1963, the brand launched its first Daytona model. Powered using the hand-wound Valjoux 72 calibre and named after Florida’s Daytona International Speedway, it celebrated Rolex’s official partnering with the racetrack the year before and cemented the connection between Rolex chronographs and motorsport.

As such, adverts for the Daytona proudly bore straplines like: “We invented this to track the speed of a 7-liter sports racer”. Notably, somewhat overzealous early adverts for the new watch show one potential name for the Daytona to have been Le Mans, in honour of the renowned French 24-hour endurance race.

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Post by MKTheVintageBloke » October 31st 2019, 11:46am

As nice as Daytonas can be, I'm not quite sure why they insist on talking of its practical application behind the wheel of a race car. The chrono seconds hand on the Daytona is anything but legible.
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Post by bedlam » October 31st 2019, 5:00pm

MKTheVintageBloke wrote:
October 31st 2019, 11:46am
As nice as Daytonas can be, I'm not quite sure why they insist on talking of its practical application behind the wheel of a race car. The chrono seconds hand on the Daytona is anything but legible.
Yeah, the Daytona is one of the least practical chronos available in terms of readability. A classic case of form over function.

The Speedmaster is far better, but my personal favourite chrono has become the Bulova Moon watch. Cheap as chips also.

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Post by conjurer » October 31st 2019, 6:57pm

The Daytona is one of the most beautiful watches in the world. It is perfectly proportioned, and everything about the design is timeless and just right. Also, a nice gold example will get you more ass than a bus seat.
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Post by TemerityB » October 31st 2019, 7:12pm

Slightly off topic: Ellen DeGeneres just bought a gold late '60s John Player Special Daytona from a dealer. Only a few hundred were made.

She paid about three quarters of a million dollars for it. The cost when the watch was new: About $700.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/25/styl ... watch.html
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Post by conjurer » October 31st 2019, 8:00pm

TemerityB wrote:
October 31st 2019, 7:12pm
Slightly off topic: Ellen DeGeneres just bought a gold late '60s John Player Special Daytona from a dealer. Only a few hundred were made.

She paid about three quarters of a million dollars for it. The cost when the watch was new: About $700.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/25/styl ... watch.html
That would make it a girlfriend watch!! :dssd:
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