Choosing your luxury Rolex Daytona Watch and Rolex Submariner
When it comes to luxury brands, such as Rolex, Audemars Piguet and Patek Phillip, (just to name a few) you will notice that these brands don't really release new models, but rather continue to improve on their core collection over time.
Models like the Submariner and Rolex Daytona watch are classic models that have been around for generations. We will have a look into both these models to find out what is so special about them.
1.Rolex Daytona Watch
Why the name Daytona? In the 1930’s, when Rolex were starting to make a name for themselves, the car racing sport was emerging, and Daytona, a city in Florida was the focal point location that was becoming well known for breaking land speed record attempts. Rolex began developing a chronograph that could be used for auto racing, and in 1963 Rolex introduced the Daytona; a racing watch which became synonymous with the Daytona Beach track.
The chronograph watch has various functions and also operates as a stop watch. Two of the sub-dials can record elapsed hours and minutes and the third indicator measures the seconds, independent of the stop watch. The tachymeter scale helps to measure elapsed time and average speed over a given distance.
When the Daytona was first introduced, it was apparent that the watch was different to the earlier chronograph watches. Most noticeable was that they removed the tachymeter from the dial and placed it on the bezel, giving it a sportier look.
Paul Newman was the most famous person to wear the Daytona, and up till today, the ‘Rolex Paul Newman Daytona are highly desirable collectors’ items. Because of the watch design, reliability and history, the Rolex Daytona watch is prime example of why Rolex is so dominant in the luxury watch industry.
2. Rolex Submariner
The Submariner story began in the early 1950s director Rene P. Jeanneret, also an amateur diver, encouraged the company to develop a sports watch for scuba divers. Then, in 1953, Rolex launched their new 6200 model timepiece as Auguste Piccard and his son Jacques attempted a world diving record. Not only was the pair successful going to a new world record depth of 10,335 feet below the ocean’s surface, but the Submariner survived too. Later that year, Rolex ensured that a famous oceanographer was always wearing the Submariner in the academy awarded film, ‘The Silent World.’
Then in 1954, Rolex formally launched Submariner model 6204 which was water resistant that could resist depths of 200 meters (or 660 feet): something no other watch company had been able to achieve. However, in the 1960s, the Submariner would become very popular, when Sean Connery wore the Submariner in several James Bond 007 films.
The Submariner was perfect for diving and had a rotating bezel which keeps track of air time for when divers are submerged. Over the years, Rolex watches has made only minor changes to its classic Submariner such as thinning out the crown guard and adding even more innovations such as a helium escape valve, a 31-jewel movement, extra luminescent hour markers, sapphire glass, a date feature and an even greater depth rating (300 meters of 1,000 feet).
In the 1970’s the Submariner transformed into a more colorful timepiece. The first Submariners were all crafted in silver steel with black faces, but the more contemporary Submariner watches became available in yellow gold (or two-tone) and even bright blue faces. In 2004, Rolex launched its green face (or LV as in “lunette verde”) to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Submariner. Through the years, the Submariner has retained its rugged sporty appeal while at the same time being sophisticated enough to wear at board meetings.