The Rolex Daytona is considered by many to be the ‘Holy Grail’ of watches. It’s elegance, precision and craftsmanship make it second to none. Not to mention this was the preferred watch of many celebrities and high profile people, most notably Paul Newman. On our web series Question Mark, we’ve talked extensively about what makes the Rolex Daytona so special.
On the rolex.com website, they have a wonderful timeline featuring the history and story behind the evolution of this iconic timepiece. It’s a wonderful article with a ton of great photos and details about the Rolex Daytona from it’s first model in 1963.
THE COSMOGRAPH DAYTONA
The ultimate chronograph
The Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona is the consummate Rolex chronograph. Efficient, precise, legible, robust, reliable, waterproof and self‑winding, it is also comfortable, elegant, timeless and highly prestigious. Judging by the success and outstanding reputation worldwide of this peerless alchemy of form and function, it is considered in many respects to be the ultimate chronograph. Fifty years after its launch in 1963, this embodiment of perfection is the product of a long maturation process. Each inscription on the dial of a Rolex watch is a guarantee of performance; on this emblematic model, they were added one by one as the watch evolved. Solely “Cosmograph” at the outset, over the years “Oyster”, “Perpetual”, “Cosmograph”, “Daytona” and “Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified” were added, chronicling a legend in watchmaking.