Ask an experienced Rolex Daytona Automatic Two Tone with White watch collector the following question: If you had to sell all your watches and live with just one watch, what would it be? No matter how extensive, high-end, or sophisticated his or her collection maybe, chances are high the immediate reply you’ll receive is, “A Rolex Daytona”.
Why, you ask? It’s an iconic, legendary model from the world’s most well-known luxury watch brand, with a timeless design that’s evolved subtly since it was originally introduced nearly 50 years ago in 1963.
With a robust movement equipped with a highly useful Rolex Submariner Automatic with Green complication, it’s made to be worn daily. Housed in a nearly bulletproof “Oyster” case, it’s tough-as-nails, built to last several generations. Versatile styling makes it suitable for nearly all dress occasions – looking great with jeans or a suit. On top of all that, its resale value is about as good as it gets in the world of watches. The http://www.hhibt.com/aaa-breitling-chronomat-44-ib011012-b968-tt-wristwatch-5i2b.html is a compelling watch if one must boil their collection down to one. Problem is, they’re not easily obtained.Nearly 25 years after the introduction of the first self-winding Daytona, versions in stainless steel remain one of the most difficult watches to buy new from an authorized dealer. A prize that’s typically reserved for a dealer’s best clients, every authorized dealer I’ve spoken with has claimed a waiting list ranging from one to five years.
Fortunately for me, thanks to Fourtané Jewelers of Carmel, CA, a world class Rolex authorized dealer that also specializes in vintage Rolex watches, I was able to get my hands on a brand new stainless steel version, fitted with a black dial – my favorite configuration. On loan to me for a week, I’ll share with you some impressions from the perspective of a vintage Rolex fan.
But first, let’s take a look at the gradual evolution and incremental changes leading up to today’s modern version…THE EVOLUTION.The fifth line of text at 12 o’clock on the dial makes it clear the Daytona is actually a “Cosmograph”, and a direct descendent of Rolex’s first Cosmograph chronograph, the reference 6239. Introduced in 1963, legend has it that its name was inspired by society’s fascination with space travel.
The successor to a long-line of chronographs housed in “Oyster”-type cases produced since 1939, the reference 6239 Cosmograph introduced two important aesthetic changes to Rolex’s chronograph dials. The first was the use of inverse color schemes for the main dial and subsidiary dials – a variant with black dial and white sub-dials, and a second variant with white dial and black sub-dials. The result was a much sportier, aggressive look compared with the monochromatic dials used on all prior Rolex chronograph wristwatches.