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The Riveting History Of The Rolex Daytona

Posted by deepikamahajan on June 6th, 2019

Daytona – and it conjures up images of the Florida sky, beach and sand. The next imagery in your mind will be that of the Daytona race track. Rolex and Daytona are partners in the beautiful world of speed and racing. Despite their size, and passive presence, watches have a hint of sport, danger and adventure about them. The watch born to race- Rolex Daytona-  was designed and manufactured to meet the demands of professional racing drivers. The watch evokes a place — Daytona, Florida — where passion for speed and racing flourished in the early 20th century, a position whose name it logically assumed. 

History of sport watches

The first brand ambassador for the manufacturer of versatile sport watches since the 1930s was Sir Malcolm Campbell. The Cosmograph Daytona, introduced in 1963, was designed to meet the demands of racers. Think motorsport and timing and the only official timekeeper you can associate with speed is Rolex. The watch is without a doubt an icon in the world watches associated with motorsports. As a result, it embodies the historic bond between Rolex and motorsport, which was strengthened in 2013 by the brand's entry into the world of Formula 1 racing as Global Partner and Official Timepiece of the Daytona International Speedway.

Years after its creation, the Cosmograph Daytona remains in a class of its own among sports chronographs. The next brand ambassador for the famed Rolex Daytona was racer and actor Paul Newman, who never parted with his watch. Rolex started introducing exotic dials in the Cosmograph collection in order to lure more buyers. The dials were different from the regular ones. These watches were nicknamed ‘Paul Newman Daytona’ since the multifaceted driver cum actor wore these watches at multiple occasions.

Cosmograph Daytona - The face of modern sport watches

The Cosmograph Daytona has a new-generation self-winding chronograph movement – Calibre 4130 – specially designed for this watch and entirely manufactured in-house by Rolex. The distinct architecture incorporates far fewer components than a standard chronograph, enhancing the movement’s reliability. A masterpiece of engineering and micromechanics, this high-performance movement has set a new standard for luxury self-winding chronographs in terms of robustness, reliability, efficiency and precision, as well as for ease of maintenance.

The dial of the Daytona allows drivers to map out their track times and tactics without fail accurately. The centralized seconds hand displays an accurate reading of up to 1/8th of a second. Meanwhile, the two counters on the dial show the elapsed time in minutes and hours. Speed is of essence and precision of time the end to the means, for a passionate motor racer. That is precisely why the Rolex Daytona is a racer's watch. Following the racers' necessity for minimal movement to check the time or elapsed time, the Rolex Daytona operates on the principle of Start, Drive, Stop. All the driver has to do is activate the pushers that have been perfected using the most advanced technology. Rolex watchmakers also developed the mechanism to suit the ideal finger pressure on the dealers and engineered it to provide an immediate and accurate start to the timing without sacrificing reliability.


The aesthetically styled Daytona comes in Oyster Steel, Oyster Steel and gold, Pink gold, Yellow gold, White gold and Platinum. The range of choices has moved the Daytona a few notches up in the luxury watch line. This is one of those pieces of a man's accessory which can be worn with a pair of sneakers and jeans or with a formal suit to a board room

Nothing beats experiencing first-hand the meticulous details, the balanced weight, the comfort and just the feel of a Rolex Daytona watch. Set your style with Daytona.

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