A Brief History Of Time: The Stainless Steel Rolex Daytona
Watches have a long and storied history as fashion statements. From pocket watches wrought in precious metals to meticulous timepieces that err by mere seconds after hundreds of years of work, a good watch is a blend of science and art that can make a powerful statement. They can be found on the arms of everyone from multibillionaire shipping magnates to recent graduates looking for their first job, and the right one can command a room. They’re timeless constructions that bewitch and awe, and today we want to introduce you to this example of one that’s been enchanting watch buyers for decades: The Rolex Daytona.
Rolex is the first name on almost everyone’s lips when it comes to watches, and with good reason. Founded by Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis in London, England in 1905 as Wilsdorf and Davis, the company was quickly renamed as Rolex in 1915. Even before the company was renamed, however, the watches it produced were drawing attention for their high quality, and a Rolex was awarded the Class A precision certificate, a distinction traditionally reserved for incredibly precise marine chronometers, by the Kew Observatory in 1914. In 1916 Rolex relocated to Switzerland, where it remains to this day.
Over the decades, the company became famous for making a great number of innovations to the craft of watchmaking. in 1910 it became the first watch company to manufacture a watch that received the chronometer distinction. Their “Oyster” was the first wristwatch to be waterproof in 1926, and in 1953 they created the first wristwatch that was certified waterproof up to 100 meters. In 1945 the Rolex Datejust, the first wristwatch to ever change the date on the dial itself, was produced, and in 1956 the Rolex Day-Date, the first watch to ever change the day and date on the dial, was produced. Finally, Rolex also created the first wristwatch to ever display the time in two time zones at once, the Rolex GMT Master.
Today it is the world’s single largest luxury watch brand, producing over 2,000 masterpieces every single day, and is well-known for the incredible precision of its timepieces. Indeed, the brand is the largest manufacturer of certified Swiss-made chronometers, and in 2005 more than half of all watches certified by the Swiss Chronometer testing institute were produced by Rolex. This reputation was undoubtedly bolstered by Rolex’s central importance to the development of the Quartz Clock, the incredibly precise mechanism favored in most electronic timepieces today. The brand is also incredibly valuable, valued at $8.035 Billion and appearing at 64th on the 2016 list of the world’s most powerful brands.
The Rolex Daytona is one of the brand’s most iconic lines. Originally inspired by professional drivers and car lovers, the Daytona is characterized among Rolex’s other lines by the three faces that appear on the main face, and has been manufactured in three different lines over the years. They have always been closely associated with drivers and other automotive professionals, but were officially named after the famous 24-hour race in 1991, when Rolex sponsored the affair, which was then renamed the Rolex 24 at Daytona. That year the watch line was renamed the Cosmograph Daytona, and has kept that name ever since.
The Daytona was also beloved of auto enthusiasts and racers the world over, specifically movie star Paul Newman, whose watch became perhaps the most famous in the world after he wore it every single day from 1972 to his death in 2008. Indeed, he was so synonymous with the line that for many years the Daytona itself was actually known colloquially as “The Paul Newman.” A gift from his wife, actress Joanne woodward, the back of the watch was inscribed
connoisseur wanting to own a watch that is both has a richly storied history and is an example of brilliant craftsmanship, this Rolex Daytona is the perfect choice. Even better, we’re proud to offer this watch at Diamonds by Raymond Lee in Boca Raton! Enclosed in a special Diamonds by Raymond Lee presentation box, the watch also comes to you with a 1 year warranty. If you’re interested in owning a fashion statement, the product of a rich history, and an example of master craftsmanship, Diamonds by Raymond Lee is the right place to turn.