Owner's Review #5 : The Rolex Cosmograph Daytona

A Watch born to Race

A short reminder of the Daytona’s history, taken from Rolex’s website: 

“Introduced in 1963, the Cosmograph Daytona was designed to meet the demands of professional racing drivers. It is an icon forever joined in name and function to the high-performance world of motor sport. More than 50 years after its creation, the Cosmograph Daytona remains in a class of its own among sport chronographs and continues to transcend time.”

My Rolex Daytona Cosmograph 

My version of the Daytona Cosmograph (for the Rolex passionate/specialist) is the 116520, Calibre 4130, launched in the Baselworld exhibition in March 2000. It’s a 40 mm watch, which I think is the perfect size for a daily wear.

This watch was bought in 2009 by my father who already owned a Rolex Oyster Perpetual 36 (which will have its owner’s review if wanted). He dreamed about an iconic Rolex with a black dial and a Chronograph. When he saw it for the first time at Bucherer in Geneva, he immediately fell in love with it and placed an order. However, he was told there was 7 years waiting for that specific model… Which was though because, let’s be honest, when you love something, it’s always painful not to enjoy it right after you know it’s the one thing to have. Thanks to a very good friend, my father received a call from the dealer and went to buy it after 3 months of waiting. 

He wore it every single day until he gave it to me as a 20 years old birthday present (in 2015). The Daytona had already 6 years old, but it still looked superb. And I think at that time, I didn’t realize what I had just received because I wasn’t really into watches and more precisely into the “Haute Horlogerie Suisse”. Though, since I started to wear it on the right arm (left arm, not the right one please… Just kidding… Or not…), I fell in love with it, being proud to wear a man’s jewel, a timekeeper and a piece of the swiss know-how. 

I’ve noticed also with the years, the passion around this Rolex model, especially from my best-friends, friends or people I had just met around the corner. It’s such an icon that anyone can easily figure out it’s a Daytona and you always get that “Oh, is it a Daytona? I love it! She is magnificent! You’re so lucky!”. At the beginning, I fell jealous because my watch received more compliments than me in my whole entire life, but with time, I figured out it was just a passion. A passion which Rolex brilliantly puts in their models and transmits to Rolex owner’s, watch fans and even people who have no clues of what is a proper swiss manufactured watch. A passion I have started to feel since I received my Daytona which has and will always have a special place in my heart.

The Ultimate Tool Watch for the Driving and Speed Enthusiasts

The Daytona has its name from a Florida city, Daytona, which is considered as the capital of speed. As a “Petrolhead” (car enthusiast who has petrol instead of blood going through its veins) and an amateur racing driver, I realized the Daytona symbolizes the passion of motor sport through a staggering watch which I wear as much on a racetrack as going out with friends or at work. It’s light, easy to wear, perfectly sized and so delightful to watch that even though it’s not as precise as a quartz watch or the iPhone, you’ll always check the time with your timekeeper. 

With its unique design, its black dials, its steel bracelet and all the things you could tell you love about it, it makes me think of a car manufacturer that shares, in my opinion, the same philosophy: Porsche. They make reliable, attractive sport cars that have a motor sport history and even though it’s powerful and precise, you can still drive them every day, on a road or on a racetrack. And there is foremost a worldwide passion about Porsche that I feel there is also for Rolex and their Cosmograph Daytona. With the partnerships in motor sports like Formula 1, World Endurance Championship or professional racing drivers like Sir Jackie Stewart and Mark Weber, you get that feeling you’re a part of this special world when you wear a Daytona.

The Daytona Perpetual Love

Well, what can I say after 5 years of owning the Daytona? It’s like my passion for cars: time flies but my love is perpetual.

I think this is the main point about swiss luxury watches. Even though you’ve been wearing it for years, you still have this affection you had the first day you got it. It’s not obsolete like a smartphone, it’s not something you put aside and do not touch for years. It’s a work of art which you wear every single day, being proud and honored to own it. 

The Daytona follows me every day, whether I go to work, go out with friends or drive on racetracks. It’s comfortable, light, reliable and still astonishing even with scratches. I do wear other watches or spend a day without wearing a watch, but I always feel like there’s a part of me missing. And when I get to see the Daytona in its case or I wear it, the feeling is the same: the Daytona Perpetual Love.

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