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Rolex Origins: The Cosmograph Daytona
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Watch enthusiasts far and wide continue to be enamored with the Rolex brand, partly because so many of its timepieces boast an indelible association with some landmark event or special place. The distinction of being part of something historically significant simply adds that “little something extra” to each new Rolex offering, with the famed Cosmograph Daytona being no exception.

Daytona, of course, is the beachfront city in Florida famous for racing. Often called the “world capital of speed,” Daytona Beach has hosted high-speed racing events featuring the sports best drivers for years. Rolex began awarding Cosmograph watches to every Daytona event winner beginning in 1963, which was also the year of the watch’s inception. In the years since, Rolex and Daytona have continued to strengthen their association, with Rolex in 1992 assuming the role of Daytona’s official timepiece while becoming the Sponsor of the 24-hour endurance race the Daytona 24 (now know as the Rolex 24 at Daytona).

And then there’s the watch. The Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona was billed as a next generation chronograph crafted with race car drivers in mind, and it certainly lived up to its billing. Wrought from Rolex’s exclusive high alloy, 904L stainless steel, the Cosmograph Daytona featured an innovative tachymetric scale finely etched onto the circumference of the bezel. This graduated scale allowed race car drivers to quickly calculate their average speed over a particular distance, and soon became indispensable for many.

Years later, Rolex upgraded the Cosmograph with the Calibre 4130, a groundbreaking,

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Rolex Origins: The Rolex President (Day-Date)
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For what seems like forever, Rolex watches have naturally been associated with heads of State, generals, and various other world leaders. Powerful men and stately, high-caliber wristwatches have always made a perfect match, a fact not lost on the iconic Swiss watchmaker. Hence, the modern Rolex with by far the most prestige, and worn by more luminaries than any other watch brand: the Rolex Day-Date.

Released in 1956, the Rolex Day-Date was the first wristwatch to feature the full, spelled-out date along the top of the dial. And in place of the “three” on the dial was an aperture that shows the date as well. The Day-Date earned the moniker “President” due to Rolex in 1980’s briefly referring to the Day-Date as the “Rolex President Day-Date Chronometer” in certain advertisement campaigns. The nickname was likely attributable to Rolex paying homage to the many recent presidents photographed wearing the venerable Day-Date, and when they eventually stopped referring to the watches in that manner, the catchy nickname stuck anyway.

Besides the fuss over what to call it, the Day-Date itself is a brilliant amalgam of style and function. It has a traditional Oyster case, which means its guaranteed waterproof to depths of up to 100 meters. The case is also exclusively crafted in either 950 platinum or 18 ct. gold, which underscores that this Rolex watch is all about stateliness and nobility. Additionally, an 18.ct crown clasp adorns either a soft alligator leather strap or a solid gold bracelet, designed to making putting

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Rolex Makes Its Presence Felt at The Golden Globe Awards
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Dazzling, shiny and beautiful usually describes the women walking the red carpet at every award show.  This year’s Golden Globe Awards , however, was different.

Instead, men’s fashion was also a focal point including Ryan Seacrest’s wrist that wore a vintage, stainless steel Rolex Daytona underneath a perfectly tailored tuxedo cuff, framing the smaller, classic chronograph face against the black formalwear.  The timeless tuxedo was paired with a complementary timepiece which was likely from the late 1960s’ Rolex Daytona collection.  The stainless steel face and bezel with its black pump pushers, while casually elegant, fit the occasion and the host wearing it.

The Swiss manufactured Rolex is the most recognizable luxury timepiece in the world.  It is the status symbol of success among athletes, CEOs and celebrities alike, especially since Rolex only partners with a certain type of celebrity. Whether purchased new or vintage, Rolex is always a wise investment since it retains its resale value better than any other luxury watch.

Rolex is not only the ultimate fashion statement, as displayed on the red carpet by Ryan Seacrest, but it’s also the ultimate symbol of success as CEOs of Fortune 500 companies wear Rolexes in boardrooms across the world.  The feel of the Rolex bracelet is unmistakable and anyone who owns a Rolex can attest to that.  The balanced weight and brilliance are features that no other watch can replicate.

When CEOs or Hollywood’s elite CHOOSE Rolex over other timepieces, it further validates Rolex’s status, versatility and elegance.  Vintage

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