Rolex Daytona’s history goes back to 1961.
In a real sense, the first Daytona 6239, 72B coded should establish, Valjoux machine. In the USA market, for acceptance of the chronograph, Rolex, never applied before, way, DAYTONA operate on the name of the dial. 6239, is owned steel bezel, in 6241, replaced an inlay of black Acril dropped out. Daytona every passing day more sporty, was becoming a clock.
In 1965, steel bezel and bezel Acril, took its place in 6239 and 6241. The new machine was still Valjoux 727 branded. Same year, Rolex, 6240 with the code, having screw peak and buttons wr’l 50 m, the model was introduced.
Should establish Daytona, just was produced by two different quadrant. Black background, gray chrono or gray ground, and the black chrono. In addition to this main dial, called as exotic ground, and Paul Newman quadrant known as, was presented to buyers. Today, one in good condition, the Paul Newman Daytona dial, up to € 200,000 the buyer can find.
At that time, Breitling / Heuer / Buren Kaliber 11, and the Zenith El Primero automatic with chronograf in the marketplace, as it is should establish Rolex Daytona For a a limited number of customers could find. Customers who bought the stops from wristwatches, were not satisfied. Rolex had to find a solution to this. Rolex, solutions, Zenith El Primero machines, by purchasing found. Rolex, service and maintenance, which is very difficult and costly, the term El-Primero machines on-site, from 28,800 to 36,000 frequenciesby downloading and making changes in some parts, to use at Daytona begins. Of Dayton, stay faithful to the classic design behalf, El Primero date indicator, was removed in use.
In 1988, El Primero machine, introduced black or white dial, 16520 Daytona) and a cult was born. Incredible with a huge publicity campaign, the new Daytona, dealers, wristwatch was given in very low prices. And in this process, should establish by hand, all of Daytona, be SALE was achieved. Daytona was not in the market, and was much in demand. Even it was so much demand, Zenith Rolex did not meet the demands, and producing gold Rolex models, for steel version of the machine and could not find the time to produce.
2-3 per capita per year is sent to dealers in Dayton, but close to 100 ordering were taken. Waiting times ranged between 3 years to 10 years.
Zenith, Rolex demands, does not meet professionally and (Cal. 4030) somehow did not correspond to Rolex. For these reasons, the market on the demand to meet behalf, Rolex, its automatic chronograph you to develop for, begin to work, and in 2000, 16520’n the continuation, with 116,520 series and gold of the models, In-House machine with customers meet.
Daytona in 2004 with a large display, and in 2007, the Rolex the engraving processing, they have the inner frame.
Daytona, Rolex’s most popular model. Any other model, Rolex, so much diversity, not the owner. Despite the crisis of 2009 is still, order it was expected to 116,520.
Why Rolex Daytona is legendary?
- Time behind, have stayed a model, but still number 1.
- He who supply the company’s chronograph mechanism wiped off the market,
- A period that remains small in the face Breitling / Heuer as brand, no luck did not recognize of their class.
- It’s the customer who pays, although much waiting time is still excited about Daytona.
- Despite the crisis, is still expected to get order, because it is one of wristwatch models … DAYTONA a legend.
116,523 steel-gold model: Use incredible comfort and high, very nicely set the clock on weight and makes you feel that a clock in the arm as well as serious in no way tired you can not or do not bother. The dial a chronograph very easy for reading, and endeavored very clean. Locking mechanism, according to the new locking system, a little more difficult, though excellent in terms of safety.
The steel used, incredible nice and Prettying as they age. The biggest difference between 904 and 316 steel this. As you use shines 316, 904 is taking a much more noble appearance.