Rolex Daytona - The connoisseur's choice!

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Published: 09th July 2010
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Originally designed during 1960s the models in Rolex Daytona were available in four digits and later the series changed to a six digit model reference number. This model was launched with minimum supplies but owing to the increasing demand in the later years the supply too increased. The new models of Daytona are certified and are available in the self-winding chronometers. All the models are available with a chronograph and hence this model is also called the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona. This model was named after the famous race "24 Hours of Daytona".

This model is a certified chronometer which is capable of displaying seconds with high precision. The watches are tested and certified by the official neutral body COSC. Every chronometer is a piece in itself. They are identified by unique numbers engraved on the movement and a separate certification number is generated by the COSC. The testing phase is very vigorous wherein the movement of the Seconds hand is tested for several days in 5 different positions and at 3 different temperature levels. Every move is measured individually to adhere to the standards of the manufacturing. Every watch that is named as a chronometer is a watch where every movement is certified.

It is not a time keeping instrument which is an apprehension and an assumption made by many. The mechanism is not just an add-on but it measures every movement and the duration of the event. The Rolex Daytona is a chronograph or a chronoscope which is more than just a time keeper. The most famous was the Oyster version which had a screw down crown and screw down timing buttons. These are exceptional watches which are very reliable and accurate at the same time. Owning this watch just means that it adds to some of your precious and favorite collection in your wardrobe. The mechanism is very difficult for a simple person to understand. Only an experienced person or a person who is trained can notice those minute but effective differences in this model.

Most of the older models were made up of acrylic domed crystals. The sub dials inside the main dial usually were of a contrasting color or an opposite color to that of the main dial. There are block markers instead of lines and there are crosshairs across each sub dial meeting in the center. Every minute detail was given the utmost importance to make this watch a masterpiece. The dials came in four different colors and different combinations in layouts. This model is also one of the most favorite watches of Paul Newman. Earlier the Rolex Daytona watches were not much in demand. They were not expensive when compared to other models in the Rolex Family. Later on this model specifically had gained immense popularity and the demand also increased.

This model was the most collected by watch collectors also known as the Holy Grail. These watches were highly accepted by the COSC because they met all the testing conditions laid by the organization. These tests are meant only for certification. That is why these models are so expensive. The watch behavior and the performance are not influenced by any of these tests and perform in the same condition. The static tests are conducted in extreme lab conditions on movements and not on the finished watches.

The results thus achieved allow the manufacturers to take it to the next level of manufacturing. Tests only proved the excellence of the watches and accuracy in the movements. All the models in the Rolex Daytona are made up of premier quality components. Utmost care is taken to design and assemble each and every part of the watch. And hence the make is flawless and so is the model. The quality standards are never compromised and this is proved at the testing phase itself.

Only if the watch passes the test with high quality movements, it is moved to another phase. It is not the movement that is tested but the behavior of the movement that is tested under extreme conditions. These tests are now handled by powered robots. The certificate is so important that if it is lost once it cannot be replaced or a duplicate will not be issued. And hence it is important that you have the certificate as long as the watch is there with you. This acts as a value add to your watch at all times.

Darius Hough is the owner of a trunk-full of Rolex Watches. His favorite is the Rolex Daytona and the Black Rolex DLC Special Edition. You can say he knows his Rolexes very well and goes for the pieces that best describe his personality. Get your own piece at

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