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Tracking the Rolex Daytona: A 55-Year History

In this feature-length article from the WatchTime archives, we take a look at the 55-plus-year history of the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona, the brand's iconic chronograph watch.

For most of Rolex's history, chronographs took a back seat to three-handed models. The company did produce some chronographs, but equipped them with third-party calibers that ticked in conventional, classic cases, not its well-known Oyster case. Rolex introduced its first Oyster-cased chronograph during WWII, but it was anything but a hit.

In 1955, Rolex launched its Reference 6234 chronograph. Neither "Cosmograph" nor "Daytona" appeared on the dial; the watch was simply labeled "Chronograph." Rolex made about 500 of these watches each year until 1961, when the reference was discontinued. The watch sold for about $200 in the early 1960s. This model wasn't very successful, either: it and other early Rolex chronographs often languished on dealers' shelves because other manufacturers ...

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