The Daytona wasn’t always Rolex’s most desirable watch: as James Dowling explains, there is plenty still to learn about one of the world’s most over-analysed Rolex replica watches uk.
1. All Replica Rolex Daytonas are Cosmographs but not all Cosmographs are Daytonas
The name Cosmograph was originally used on the Rolex 6062 Oyster Moonphase watch from the 1950s; where, you must admit, it made a lot more sense as a model name. It then faded away and was resurrected for the 6239 in 1963.
2. The Replica Rolex Daytona name almost never happened
We tend to think of Rolex as a very focused and decisive firm; this wasn’t the case in the 1950s & 60s, when there was often indecision about model names. The Submariner was almost called the Rolex Skin Diver and some watches found their way to the market with dials so marked, similarly some early Turn-O-Graphs are signed Monometer and the Rolex Replica Daytona watches was originally planned to be called the Le Mans.
3. It was a commercial failure
Part of the reason manual wind Daytonas are so valuable today is that not many were made; essentially, at the time it was a commercial failure. When I bought my first Rolex in the late 1970s (A 1675 GMT), I enquired about a discount and the salesman responded, “Sorry sir, we don’t discount Rolex, but if you want one of the Daytonas, I can give you 20% off”.
4. All gold chronographs are chronometers but not all say so
On the manual wind Daytonas, the movement is different in the steel & in the gold versions. The steel ones have movements regulated in 3 positions only; whilst all the gold ones are COSC tested chronometers; although it was only in the last few years of the 6263 and 6265 production that the dials were so marked to reflect this.
5. It’s the least “Rolex” named watch
It is well known that all the manual wind Daytonas used a movement from Valjoux, but what is not so well known is that Rolex didn’t make the cases, dials or hands either. Cases came from Charles-René Spielmann (CRS), who also made many of the cases for Omega’s Speedmaster; whilst Singer, Beyeler or Stern made the dials. Hands came from Universo and other Swiss suppliers. But the Swiss Rolex replica watches were assembled by Rolex and used their patented Oyster crowns & tubes.