Forever Legend: Rolex Cosmograph Daytona

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After experiencing the fierce competition of Rolex Daytona 24 hours, the winner of each session can get a Cosmograph Daytona watch specially made by Rolex, as a unique reward beyond glory . Fans know that the name ‘Daytona’ comes from Daytona Beach in Florida, USA; there is hard sand there, which allows high-speed racing cars to enjoy Mercedes-Benz and constantly break the record. It has become a racing mecca since 1903, and has also created the Rolex Daytona legend in the future.

In 1935 British driver Sir Malcolm Campbell and his chariot-‘Blue Bird’.

1955 A racing lane on the beach of Daytona, Florida, USA.

In 1958, the Daytona International Circuit was renovated. The slope was 31 degrees and more than 10 meters high so that the driver would not be off the track due to centrifugal force when cornering.

The Daytona International Speedway is held every year for the Rolex Daytona 24 Hours.
   The most exciting thing about the racing on Daytona Beach is probably British rider Sir Malcolm Campbell and his chariot, ‘Blue Bird’. That’s a story that happened in March 1935. After breaking the world’s land speed record many times, Campbell drove the Bluebird at a speed of 330 miles per hour (531 km), setting a record never before on Daytona Beach. Taking into account the average speed of its reverse driving, it also has a pioneering speed of 276 miles (445 km). As he said in 1932: ‘Daytona Beach in Florida is the only place I know to set a world record for land speed. The sand there is as hard as cement and has enough distance to accelerate.’ Since 1936, Daytona The half-sand beach and half-road track has successively held a number of events including classic car races such as ‘Daytona 200’. In 1959, the Daytona International Speedway was completed; the 31-degree inclination and more than 10-meter-high curve prevented the driver from slipping off the track due to centrifugal force, thereby increasing the cornering speed.

In 1963, Rolex launched the new Cosmograph chronograph, opening the legend of the Daytona watch.

In 1965, Rolex added Cosmograph Daytona’s bezel with a black coating, and switched to the Oyster Oyster case and screw-in handle design to increase the watch’s water resistance.
   The Rolex Daytona watch dates back to the Cosmograph chronograph (Ref. 6239), which was released a year after the opening of the first Daytona Continental in 1962. Unlike Ref. 6238 (also known as ‘Pre-Daytona’), which was launched a few years ago, Ref. 6239 moves the speed-calculating speedometer from the dial to the bezel beyond the mirror, giving the dial more space. , More concise; and the sub-dial at 3, 6, 9 o’clock and the main dial show a black and white contrast. By 1965, Rolex added a black coating to the bezel of the Cosmograph Daytona watch, and replaced the original pump push button with a screw-in chronograph push button. The Oyster Oyster case was used to enhance the watch’s water resistance. .

In 1988, Rolex launched the 4030 automatic movement based on Zenith El Primero movement. Since then, the Cosmograph Daytona watch has entered the era of automatic winding from manual winding.

In 2013, Rolex launched the first Cosmograph Daytona watch made of platinum. The distinguished appearance contains the self-made 4130 automatic movement introduced in 2000.
   In terms of movement, Cosmograph Daytona has used Valjoux 72 hand-wound movement for a long time. However, since 1988, Rolex used its famous Zenith El Primero self-winding movement as its base, equipped with its own balance wheel, fine adjustment screws and Breguet balance spring, and changed the vibration frequency from 36,000 times per hour to 28,800 revolutions. Abandoning the original date module, it became an automatic movement called ‘4030’. However, after all, the 4030 is not self-made, and Rolex is not at ease. Therefore, the Cosmograph Daytona, launched in 2000, is finally equipped with a 4130 automatic movement completely designed and manufactured by Rolex. To start a new game with superior performance. And the first platinum oyster watch released in 2013 took Cosmograph Daytona to the extreme state of honor.

   Paul. Paul Newman dial has always been a very popular style in Rolex Daytona models. The biggest difference from other Cosmograph Daytona dials is the square hour markers and crosses in the sub dial at 3, 6, and 9 o’clock. Guidelines; the small seconds dial at 9 o’clock has four numbers of 15, 30, 45 and 60 printed on it, which is different from the design of ordinary Daytona models 20, 40 and 60.
   ‘Rolex is just playing with the dial.’ This famous saying that watchers often hang on their lips illustrates the importance of dials for Rolex models. Take Cosmograph Daytona, even if it is the same movement, the same function and the same workmanship, as long as the ‘Paul Newman dial’ (Paul Newman dial), the price can often double up! Although fans know that Paul started with super high prices. Newman faceplate models have exceeded the rational range of normal people, and there are still many strong players willing to collect.

Paul Newman (1925-2008) is an American actor who has performed numerous film works, including 1969’s ‘Winning’ and ‘The Color of Money’ (1986) which won him the Academy Award for Best Actor. ). Because of his role as a driver in ‘Win’, Paul Newman has a passion for racing. In the 1970s, he started his career in racing and became a racing driver. He also wore racing-style Cosmograph Daytona watches in various public places.
   Paul Newman is an American film actor who has won an Academy Award for Best Actor and a racer. It is said that he wore a Rolex Daytona in the 1969 film ‘Winning’, but it was also said that Daytona watches only appeared in movie posters, and neither claim could be confirmed to this day. However, Paul Newman is indeed a watch enthusiast who loves Rolex. He has also worn Cosmograph Daytona in various public places. His watch face is characterized by a crosshair at the center of the sub-dial at 3, 6, and 9 o’clock. On the hour marker, the small seconds at 9 o’clock is printed with four numbers of 15, 30, 45, and 60, which is different from the general 20, 40, and 60 designs. Originally, this dial was actually called ‘Exotic dial’, but because of Paul Newman’s relationship, it was later called Paul. Newman face plate. Rolex produced watches with Exotic dial in the 1960s, but the number was not large, resulting in Paul. The rarity of Newman faceplate models is like a rare piece of art. And this is one of the examples of Rolex faceplate magic happening to Cosmograph Daytona.

In 2016, Rolex launched the new Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona watch, which for the first time adopted a ceramic bezel, which caused a warm response.
   In addition to the changes in the faceplate, the changes in the Rolex watch material are also very easy to cause watch fans to pay attention, even the urge to start. For the 116500LN introduced at Baselworld last year, the Cerachrom ceramic bezel, which first appeared in the Cosmograph Daytona series, is scratch-resistant and corrosion-resistant, and does not fade even when exposed to ultraviolet light. The outer layer is plated with a platinum film, which makes the numbers and scales have a bright and clear visual effect. As soon as it debuts, it causes a sensation.

Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona-116500LN 904L stainless steel oyster case, screw-in crown and case back, 40 mm diameter, Cerachrom ceramic bezel with speedometer, hours, minutes, small seconds, chronograph, 4130 automatic Winding movement, 72-hour power reserve, COSC certification, sapphire crystal glass, waterproof 100 meters, stainless steel chain.


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