Rolex Daytona Cool Wall
Ok so considered to be the 'made it watch' - from the young trader to the 2nd hand car dealer this is the watch. But has it always been ? It isn't easy to buy (well in the UK) as production is limited but there are lots of versions. The vintage are very much prized say before the mid 80's then Rolex seemed to go into a fug and kept it the same for a long time trapped in a time warp. The only collector distinction of this time was the supply of Daytonas with the 'Zenith EL Primero movement' sorry chaps... it still doesn't help it for me... I like the old ones with screw in pushers, the operation of which I found to be annoying but unscrewed they look very cool. There are some nice newer ones but at above £10K it seems a load... I do like the Bamfords one having tried it on... I liked it a lot but £16K is well above my spend... so come on let's see the vote.
One of my Favs
I like this modern version (bad picture)
This Bamfords one is very cool.
I went for 'Cool' as I think the 6263 with acrylic bezel etc.. is Uber Cool with the Zenith 4030 Calibre models somewhere between Uber & plain cool with the 2001-2016 Rolex 4130 Calibre watches cool.
However with the 6263 ranging from 25K plus with a standard dial & 100K plus with a Newman (half the value of my house!) maybe no so cool as Red Hot.
I prefer the aesthetics of the dial layout on the Zenith model with the centred sub dials & it's thinner hands, indexes & subdials over the later Rolex calibre with it's fatter ones.
The new Daytona with ceramic bezel looks very cool, but at almost 9K at an AD & 15K on the Grey market, it's madness for a brand new STEEL watch in my opinion.
This is my current one a 1991 Zenith model with inverted 6 dial & early non fliplock 73680 bracelet.
Daytona Wrist small.jpg
I went uncool.
Why has nothing to do with the watch, which can (as has been said) vary between uber and a bit naff, and everywhere in between.
The reason I went uncool is that there are at least 5 much cooler chronos you can buy for the same money that you would need to spend on the Daytona. Almost any Daytona, including the "I seem to be considerably richer than you" shouty bling ones.
Why buy an El Primero Daytona when Zenith DeLucas are a faction of the price? Really, I mean it. I can see no earthly reason. None at all. And that makes it uncool.
If it's Lemania-powered, I'm interested. Tool Chrono - interested. Dive Chrono - interested. Interesting - interested
what puts me off about vintage Rolex (sorry Mark) is the nerdy attention to detail of why one is rarer than another... there can be £thousands of pounds difference in the type font... I do understand it better withe the rarer Daytonas but the one spec detail thing applied to Subs GMT's fat font, Big white dial etc I find tough... I have always liked watches based on their aesthetics and pedigree so the world of Rolex is not a good place for me to comment on... I like the top vintage one and am quite smitten by the Bamfords one that I tried on recently... it is a very cool mod... but then again I really like the IWC Aquatimer 2000 chronograph in the same way ..... I know I am a 'philistine' and the lady in this scene to Mark's - Spark excellent Stanley Tucci
I'd wish all the money guys would rate these and only these as ubercool
I went uncool, too. The two Oyster at the top of the pictures above are quite ok (), but e.g. the V72 Autavias are cooler, and many others too. Much cooler for me. The other ones: bling bling for me. Sry.
The Bamfords is also nice. But why do the all have so much text on the dial? I mean 'Rolex Oyster Perpetual Superlative Chronometer Official Certified Cosmograph' and 'Daytona'?
I tend to agree with all of the above to a certain degree.
Al, vintage Rolex is massively Nerdy & to be honest that side of it is not for me, I have not the time to research or money to splash even if I was vaguely interested.
I too like the aesthetics of a watches over whether they have a 'Small GMT Hand' or pointed crown guards etc... & the other things like 'Spider Web Dials', man that is mental it is damaged & nothing else.
Dave I also agree with you regarding multiple cooler watches for the same money to a degree, but as most things are it is a personal taste thing, with the Deluca for example being a lovely piece, but it has many Rolex attributes in it's design, it is almost an if Rolex made the perfect dive chronograph watch, but Zenith beat them to it.
Rega, I also agree with you entirely with regard to the Val 72 watches, the movement is in many 60's & 70's chronographs and many for much less money & cooler in design.
The amount of text is ridiculous to be honest, but my watch for example I hope is not Bling, Bling, other than the bezel the bracelet is fully brushed as are the lug tops (Standard factory finish), which is one of the reasons I went for it.
White matt dial, no polished centre links on the oyster etc, however if there was an acrylic bezel or brushed bezel option I would prefer that.
I purchased a brand new Rolex Cal 4130 in 2003 with a black dial & it just screamed 'shiny look at me' after a few wears, so I sold it, this one is much more sedate.
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