Rolex Daytona: 50th Anniversary Of A Legend
Unveiled in 1963, a year after the Rolex 24 was launched at the Daytona race, the Rolex Chronograph in the Oyster series, which is often referred to simply as the “Daytona” by enthusiasts, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. A genuine icon in the watchmaking universe and a legendary chronograph about which much has been written, the Rolex “Daytona” has been a permanent source of fascination for fans of fine timekeepers.
Watchonista looks back at the legend of this iconic chronograph with an exclusive page.
Christie's Celebrates 50 Years Of The Rolex Daytona
On November 10th 2013, Christie’s will offer to auction in Geneva an exceptional selection of 50 emblematic examples of Rolex Daytona wristwatches.
Rolex Daytona Lesson One: An Historical Auction
Last Sunday the “Rolex Daytona Lesson One” auction organized by Aurel Bacs and Christie’s, presented only the best and most mythical Daytona wristwatches ever produced.
Rolex Daytona Movements By Pucci Papaleo
From the book “Ultimate Rolex Daytona”, Pucci Papaleo Editore. Texts by Dody Giussani - Photos by Pino Abbrescia and Fabio Santinelli.
Since their release, the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona models were powered by three different mechanisms: the Valjoux 72 calibre (which developed in the following versions: 72B or 722, 722-1 and 727), the Rolex 4030 movement (based on the Zenith El Primero) and the current in-house Rolex 4130. These three mechanisms can be taken as an example of the mechanical chronograph’s development from the ‘60s up to the present days…
The Ultimate Rolex Daytona Book By Pucci Papaleo
Issued in a limited and hand-numbered edition of 599 units, portrays the history of an iconic symbol.
The most advanced photographic technologies and highest printing resolution complete an object made using refined materials and manufactured with old-time handicraft binding techniques. The wooden box features the finest materials, high class design and the utmost finishings. Moreover, it can be used as a book stand and display showcase. The exact miniature reproduction (reduced to 36%) of the Rolex Ultimate Daytona book…
Rolex & Daytona Editorials
The Watches And Racing Life Of Legendary Endurance Racer Scott Pruett
We sit down with the five-time Rolex 24 at Daytona winner to talk watches and car racing. His one-of-a-kind collection of Rolex watches will surprise even the most astute collectors.
by Josh Shanks – If you told young Scott Pruett that he’d become one of the most well-known names in endurance car racing, he probably wouldn’t have believed you. Growing up in the small Northern California town of Roseville (just outside of Folsom, CA) Pruett started racing cars at the tender age of 8.
Timing Daytona With Rolex, A 24 Hour Experience
The official kick-off to the 2019 racing calendar, the Rolex 24 at Daytona was full of intriguing storylines, incredible racing, and some very special watches.
Tom Kristensen Talks Rolex, Racing, And Monterey Car Week
The nine-time winner of Le Mans is a man on the move. During Monterey Car Week, Watchonista caught up with the legendary driver and here’s what he had to say.
A Look At Rolex’s New Precious Metal Daytona Line
Born to race, the Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona versions in gold now feature a permanent Cerachrom bezel and Rolex’s rubber-covered Oysterflex strap to help them to stay the course.
by Vincent Daveau – Introduced in 1963, the Daytona chronograph was made to meet the demanding requirements of racing drivers. A favorite among fans of beautiful mechanics, the reference quickly earned a track reputation on the wrists of the most outstanding drivers. Just like all true icons, it must evolve if it’s to keep its status. Indeed, the chronograph is universally appreciated for its accuracy, robustness, endurance and the fact that it is instantly identifiable…
The Actual Paul Newman Daytona, FOUND!
For years, collectors and watch aficionados have been entranced by the Rolex Daytona reference 6239, aka the Paul Newman Daytona.
by Josh Shanks – While this reference isn’t necessarily rare (some put production numbers around 15,000), the watch has been sought after year-over-year and thus valuations have gone through the roof. Recently, one went for well over 1 million CHF at auction.Inevitably, whenever the Paul Newman Daytona is discussed, many wonder what ever happened to the actual watch that adorned Paul Newman’s wrist in the 70s and 80s…
The "Triple Crown": Rolex Updates Three True Classics
While many brands employed a conservative approach to this year's Baselworld, Rolex pulled out all the stops with significant redesigns of some of it most legendary models.
by Simon de Burton – There was no shortage of doom and gloom being forecast during the build-up to Baselworld, but anyone who was there will probably agree that there was as much of buzz as ever throughout the halls around the Messeplatz - much of which, as far as I could make out, emanated from the booths of sister brands Rolex and Tudor.