The Rolex Daytona is one of the most talked about models in the watch industry, but there’s still a lot to learn about its legend. For example, did you know that the Daytona wasn’t always Rolex’s most desirable model?
All Daytonas are Cosmographs, but not all Cosmographs are Daytonas!
The Cosmograph was first seen in the 1950s in the Rolex 6062 Oyster replica rolex watches Moonphase, which, it must be admitted, makes more sense as a model name. It then disappeared for a time until it reappeared in 1963 with the 6239.
2. The name Dittoner almost never appeared.
We remember Rolex as a very dedicated and determined watchmaking company, but this was not the case in the 1950s and 60s, when many model names were hesitant. The Submariner was almost named the “Skin Diver”; many watches were named after iconic dials and, similarly, some of the early Turn-O-Graphs bore the name “Monometer”. “; and the original plan for the Dittona was named Le Mans (Le Mans).
3. was at first a failure.
Part of the reason that hand-wound Ditonas are so valuable today is that so few were made. In fact, the Ditoner was at first a failure. When a watchman asked for a discount on a Rolex in the late 1970s, this is how the salesman responded: “I’m sorry, sir, but Rolex doesn’t sell them at a discount, but if you’d like to buy a Ditoner, I can give you a 20% discount.”
4. all gold chronographs are chronometers, but not all of them are marked
Unlike the steel and gold versions of the hand-wound Daytona, which are equipped with a movement that has only been adjusted in three directions, the gold model is an officially COSC-certified chronometer, but only the 6263 and 6265 produced in the last few years have begun to indicate this on the dial.
5. this is the model with the fewest original Rolex elements
It’s well known that hand-wound Ditonnas are powered by Valjoux movements, but less widely known is that Rolex doesn’t make cases, dials or hands either. The cases are from Charles-René Spielmann (CRS, who also makes many cases for Omega Speedmaster); the dials are from Singer, Beyeler and Stern; and the hands are from Universo and other Swiss suppliers. But the watches are assembled by Rolex and are equipped with patented Oyster crowns and water-resistance gaskets. (Photo/text Watch House Xu Chaoyang)