While high speed driving can be thrilling, one thing professional drivers find difficult is capturing time when speed is their objective. However, there is a solution to that problem- The Rolex Daytona. This magnificent watch is the perfect accessory for professional racing drivers seeking high performance, fine craftsmanship and engineering. Rolex Daytona is not just a simple timekeeping watch, over the years it has evolved to a chronograph watch designed to mark all types of information useful to timing races. Before we delve deeper into why this coveted watch has become one of the most iconic watches ever, you should know its brief history of how it came to be.
Rolex Daytona History
The Daytona was first launched in 1963. However, Rolex first introduced this watch as the cosmography in 1933 and later updated it with a robust and oyster case and named it the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona. It was in 1963 the watch was launched as the Rolex Daytona and it had far much better features than before. Two years later, Rolex added screw down pushers and introduced the black bezel. It was in 1988 that the Daytona became self-winding using the commercially available Zenith movement. 50 years after its creation, the Daytona has joined in function and name to the high-performance world of motor sport and continues to remain in a class of its own. In 2013, the Daytona entered into the world of Formula racing as official Timepiece and Global Partner.
Here are some interesting facts every watch lover should know about Rolex Daytona and why they need to add it to their watch collection.
Made From Expensive And Difficult To Machine Steel
Rolex uses a different kind of steel known as 904L steel. This steel not only makes the watch look better, but it has harder than other steels and is more corrosion and rust resistant. When worked properly, the steel is able to take and hold polish quite well. What makes Rolex Daytona stand out is the fact that the 904L steel is more expensive and more complicated to machine. Other brands are unable to use the 904L steel since it requires special tools and skills to work with and Rolex has taken advantage of this fact to make far better looking and superior watches.
Rolex Has Its Own Science Lab
Rolex has invested heavily in its brand and that is why it is not a surprise that it has an internal Research and Development department. There is more. Rolex has several well-equipped science labs at various facilities. They use the labs to research things that may go into watches and come up with more efficient and effective manufacturing techniques. This tells you that the Daytona is carefully crafted to make it one of the top watches in the world.
Hand Assembled And Tested
Rolex only hires only the best technicians who give all the hands-on human attention to make the Daytona. The rumor that Rolex uses machines only to build their watches is false. They still use modern machinery to perfect their products but everything from Rolex Daytona movements to bracelets is assembled by hand. Every Daytona is checked, re-checked and tested to make sure it is in the perfect condition before it leaves the factory.
Takes Time To Manufacture One Daytona
Do you know that it takes one year just to manufacture one Rolex Daytona? As suspicious as that may sound it is the truth. Rolex does not take shortcuts in its manufacturing process and it is interested in quality and efficiency; one of the reasons that makes the Daytona special. All the parts that go into the Daytona are built from base materials and once all the parts are completed, they are assembled manually.
What Makes Rolex Daytona Special?
In summary, Rolex has invested a lot over the years to perfect Daytona’s design making it the best watch money can buy. This watch has a 5 year warranty and a service cycle of 10 years; most brands recommend 3-5 years. This is one way of telling the world that Daytona is better and build to last. Rolex only produces a limited number of Daytonas every year which means a person getting one not only pays for exclusivity but for quality.