Rolex Daytona chronograph Celebrates 50th anniversary


Rolex Daytona chronographWith the exhi­bi­tion is tak­ing place this time at the Bon Marche to cel­e­brate its 50th anniver­sary, the Day­tona is in the spot­light. The Rolex Cos­mo­graph Day­tona for the good name was born in 1963. 50 years later, it embod­ies the absolute watch­maker myth.


Before the arrival of this watch brand Rolex, Day­tona was pri­mar­ily a place, a place of power, which was exploited till speed records. It is like an auto­mo­bile race which quickly became a legend.

It is on the beach in Day­tona, Florida, that the his­tory of Day­tona sys­tem takes its source. This broad band of hard, flat and spin­ning straight over 35 km sand, became one of the most myth­i­cal of the con­quest of speed and rac­ing sites.

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Daytona International Speedway 1959

Incred­i­ble mechan­i­cal feats earned global impact in Day­tona title as the world cap­i­tal of speed. The tra­di­tion of Day­tona rac­ing is per­pet­u­ated from the Day­tona Inter­na­tional Speed­way cir­cuit, tem­ple of speed built in 1959 as one of the world’s first Super Speed­way. In this gigan­tic amphithe­ater of mod­ern times 4 km in cir­cum­fer­ence, held annu­ally auto totally pres­ti­gious com­pe­ti­tions such as the Rolex 24 at Day­tona. This 24-hour endurance race, who became a U.S. dur­ing the 24 Hours of Le Mans, is con­sid­ered by the most expe­ri­enced pilots as one of the tough­est in the world.

Daytona International Speedway circuit

In fifty years, the Cos­mo­graph Day­tona   has cre­ated its own myth. By the mid 1960’s, he erected tro­phy win­ners at the 24 Hours of Daytona.

The Very first models

It was in 1959 that Rolex is asso­ci­ated with the Amer­i­can Day­tona Inter­na­tional Speed­way, designed to accom­mo­date endurance races, and becomes spon­sor of the 24 Hours of Day­tona. The Rolex 6238 will serve as inspi­ra­tion for the devel­op­ment of future shows Day­tona; so much as it was called by some “pre-Daytona”.

The Day­tona name appeared for the first time on a Rolex ad from 1964 for the Eng­lish mar­ket under the chrono­graph ref­er­ence on the dial, only to be moved over the counter at 6:03 years later.

The career of Rolex never mapped out. The first model Rolex Cos­mo­graph 6239 is a chrono­graph 37mm case with tachymeter and sub­di­als at 3,6 and 9 o’clock. Its but­tons are pump. Inside beats a Valjoux move­ment. Hall­mark of Cos­mo­graph includes three dials are designed in a color dif­fer­ent from that of the dial for opti­mal vis­i­bil­ity. The 6239 was pro­duced until 1969, as the ref­er­ence 6241 from 1966 to 1969.

Rolex Daytona chronograph Paul Newman

Indeed, it is in 1969 that the film turns — with Paul New­man Day­tona with an exotic dial-out to grip on screens and a great suc­cess. The leg­end tells that this movie would have spent the watch on the wrist of the brand ambas­sador, and it is from this that some mod­els have thus received the nick­name, which is not any­thing official.

Although ini­tially these mod­els to spe­cific dial-called “Paul New­man”, their side has quickly grown to become the largest mar­ket Rolex watches with impres­sive records in auctions .

It seems that the most expen­sive sale on Day­tona Paul New­man took place for a ver­sion of the 6239 Albino said that is to say with the coun­ters of the same color as the dial. This rare model would have been awarded 505,000 dol­lars to Eric Clap­ton in 2008.

In 1965, the screwed push­ers make their appear­ance on the Cos­mo­graph with 6240, it will be man­u­fac­tured until 1969, with the 722 move­ment. The advan­tages of these but­tons are pre­cious, and the push­ers indeed pre­vent acci­den­tal start­ing of the chrono­graph func­tion in risk sit­u­a­tions. These are the push­ers and wind­ing crown new 700 series that helped put on the dial of this model appears men­tions Oys­ter such a cer­ti­fi­ca­tion attest­ing to the seal­ing of the watch.

Paul Newman

At the time, the size of this watch is con­sid­ered too large and can be as dis­abling for arm­hole shirt, his aes­thetic did not nec­es­sar­ily please either; sales are mixed.

The 70s saw hap­pen two new ref­er­ences that will be pro­duced respec­tively one and two years: 6262 and 6264 with the new 727 cal­iber beats at 19,800 vibra­tions per hour and more accu­rate than the pre­vi­ous ones.

Begin­ning with Cos­mo­graph Daytona

Rolex  Cosmograph Daytona

In 1988, a renewed inter­est leads Day­tona evolve tech­ni­cally as aes­thet­i­cally. It would even, in fact, an explo­sion of fame! Is it really due to implicit rec­om­men­da­tions of the man of taste that was Gianni Agnelli, head of Fiat and avid Day­tona, who made the cover of a famous mag­a­zine? Day­tona fever has spread in any case these years, circa 1985, never to fall.

Man­u­als chrono­graph dis­ap­pear Rolex Day­tona in favor of “Per­pet­ual” and lay the foun­da­tions of mod­ern Day­tona. The move­ment has then used a Zenith El Primero base, major ref­er­ence in the world of watch­mak­ing, Rolex sig­nif­i­cantly alters since 50% of com­po­nents are replaced by spe­cific ele­ments and designed for these move­ments. Rolex implanted exam­ple on its own motion Rotor 4030.

Size level, the case goes to 40 mm and incor­po­rates a shoul­der pro­tec­tion of the crown. Dial, tachymeter bezel, sig­nif­i­cant ele­ments of the model are modernized.

Rolex  Cosmograph Daytona

Mean­while, the mar­ket Day­tona, in some ways a “vic­tim of its suc­cess is scarce.” Indeed, not con­tent to be dri­ven by politi­cians, celebri­ties and there­fore not only the per­son­al­i­ties of car rac­ing, the Day­tona is not pro­duced and wait­ing lists grow shops vis­i­bly. This phe­nom­e­non was prob­a­bly caused also to cre­ate some scarcity is still rel­e­vant and it is also one rea­son why the coast of Day­tona never fall.

The 2000s with the advent of Rolex

The Watch Cos­mo­graph Day­tona is signed with the brand name Rolex.

Rolex chronograph movement

Made from 290 com­po­nents — much less than a stan­dard chrono­graph — the 4130 cal­iber is admired by its amaz­ing sim­plic­ity. And tech­no­log­i­cal chal­lenge does not stop there. Over the years Rolex will develop and patented many inno­va­tions such as the Spi­ral Parachrom or alloy Everose.

Rolex Daytona chronograph

In 2013, to cel­e­brate the 50th anniver­sary of this time­less and leg­endary watch that we are all able to rec­og­nize at first glance and that is so desir­able for watch enthu­si­asts, Rolex released a unique plat­inum model. It is the ref­er­ence 116506, designed from 950 plat­inum and incred­i­bly beau­ti­ful colors.

Daytona AMB

The Rolex Day­tona remains a trib­ute to the pas­sion of sports and crowned brand intends to make to con­tinue. Indeed, in addi­tion to the spon­sor­ship of the Rolex 24, unique race of its kind in North Amer­ica race, Rolex sup­ports the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the old­est and most pres­ti­gious auto­mo­bile race in the world.


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