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The Rolex Daytona was inspired by racecar drivers and enthusiasts, Paul Newman, who reportedly wore his Daytona every day from 1972 until his death. He died in 2008. This original series was in very short supply by the early 1990s, which led to a second series to meet demand, introduced in 1988 and using a Zenith "El Primero" modified automatic winding movement, with a five-digit model number. Rolex continues to manufacture the "Daytona", the rarest Daytona’s are the first versions with four-digit numbers, for example the 6238, 6239, 6240, 6241, 6262, 6263, 6264, and 6265 References, produced from 1961 to 1987. The 6238, 6239, 6241 and 6262 References were the first versions. The rarest Daytona’s are those with what has been called the "Paul Newman" dial. First, a Paul Newman dial must be in a Reference 6239, 6241, 6262, 6263, 6264 or 6265 watch, installed by Rolex Geneva as original.

Chronometer vs Chronograph


Chronometer is a designation given to a watch that has the highest standard of the precision. The designation is given to automatic and mechanical movement watches, not those that run with quartz movement. A “Chronometer” on the other hand is an industry term for timing accuracy. Because it accurate the time. Most Swiss watches are not chronometers, but Rolex takes great pains to insure that their watches are in fact real Chronometers. For any wristwatch to gain Chronometer certification requires testing and accreditation from a certified independent standards laboratory normally associated with an observatory that the measures the earth’s movement through space. A watch carrying the chronometer certification has passed vigorous tests demanded by the Swiss Official Chronometer Control. A chronometer's mechanical movement is close to perfection, so the time it displays is the almost always accurate (unlike other self-winding or automatic watches), and therefore carries a premium price over non-chronometer watches. The 15 days of the rigorous tests conducted by the COSC include testing its performance under different temperatures, different positions, and even under water.


While a chronograph designation is often confused with a chronometer one, though they are the completely different. A Chronograph, is a type of wristwatch with a build in stopwatch feature, hence the “-graph” suffix in its name. Chronographs have one-to-two buttons on the side to for stopwatch activation and return to the zero functions. Chronographs go back in the history as being one of the harder watches to manufacture, work reliably, and keep waterproof because of the extra activation buttons and complexity associated with the stopwatch functions, and one of the reasons why the Daytona is considered such a thoroughbred in its class. Chronographs also have the two or three sub dials, technically known as registers, embedded in the watch face to count seconds, elapsed minutes and hours. A chronograph is basically a watch with stopwatch capabilities. It displays different counters or mechanisms for measuring elapsed time. Counters can register seconds, minutes and hours. This gives its owner the ability to time anything the people wants.