Never has it happened in the history of luxury watchmaking that a brand single-handedly conquered almost all the domains there are to conquer. Rolex watches have made their grip in the industry so firm, and their presence so dominant that it is impossible to think of luxury watches and not mention the name Rolex. Call it luck, or name it hard work, the matter of the fact is that today, Rolex is an omnipresent name and it is here to stay for generations to come. The primary focus here will be on two of the most popular watch families under the Swiss-based watch manufacturer, the Daytona and Submariner.
As a watchmaker, Rolex has a heritage of over 110 years and along with it many stories that usually get sidelined by the glam of the Submariners and Daytonas. There are, however, many facts that the common watch aficionado might not know about. Of course, many are aware of the in-house gold foundry, the aggressive marketing strategies, and that all the watches are handcrafted. But this blog will mostly emphasise on the lesser known facts about the Swiss giant.
The Rolex Submariner looks like it did not change at all. The watch’s design codes are still very much similar to the original 1953 launch. The original timepiece was a sheer masterclass from the watchmaker. The screw-down crown, the oyster-case, and the self-winding movement made the watch a literal star.
The submariner was the brainchild of Rolex board of director, Rene Paul Jeanneret who gave the idea of a dive tool watch as she was a diver herself. This led to the production of the functional as well as aesthetically pleasing Rolex Submariner. Today, the Rolex Submariner is a gargantuan entity that rules the Rolex catalogue along with some other notable names.
The Daytona is a product of racing. The thrill and adrenaline of the race course seem to be induced in the very design of the coveted design of the Cosmograph Daytona. The watch was Rolex’s attempt at successful mechanical chronographs. However, it was not before the year 1965, that the first official Cosmograph ‘Daytona’ made its debut. Before that, it was just termed as Cosmograph. The watch took its inspiration from the Daytona races held in Miami. And as it can be clearly seen, the racing DNA is ample in the Daytona’s blueprints.
Over the years, the Rolex Daytona has evolved considerably. However, the essence of the progenitor is still very much present in it. The most popular one to ever exist would definitely be the Paul Newman Daytona. This was the time when Rolex started introducing exotic dials in its watches to add a bit of flair. Paul Newman, the multi-faceted actor cum race driver owned one and suddenly, the ‘not too good looking’ new dials from the watchmaker were the hottest thing in the market.
When it comes to innovations in horology, Rolex is not the first name one would think of. As a matter of fact, Rolex never entered the rat race of watch innovations and inventions. Instead, the Swiss watch magnate continued to work discreetly and work on its own watches in silence. The result is a long line of marvellously advanced and aesthetic timepieces that display unparalleled production value and detail. Rolex watches were the first ones to get a chronometer certification in 1910.
Rolex watches were the first ones to come up with a completely waterproof and corrosion free timepiece. The Swiss horologist proved to be a pioneer once again when it introduced the first perpetual rotor to the world of watchmaking. Another standard feature that went on to become a profound revolution was the automatic date changing on the dial. Today, Daytona is one of the most revered and in-demand chronographs in the entire luxury watch industry. The reputation of the watch precedes it and is omnipresent.
Rolex watches for men and women are known all over the world as trailblazers and standard setters. But if there were a situation where you had to pick the best of the best, these two particular collections would be your best bet. Check out the Best rolex watches collection for men and women today at KWC.