Rolex Professional watches are members of a ten year-old category dedicated to various adventurers. By way of instance, versions like the explorer were committed to explorers and mountaineers, offering special features that those in that particular experience could utilize. Such as the explorer and Daytona watches, the Oyster Perpetual Submariner is a member of the expert category, especially designed for those who pursue deep-sea diving.When it comes to experts and cons of each watch, the experts obviously win for the two versions! Rolex Daytona Steel Price Replica watches are always a fantastic investment regardless of which model you select. However, each of these models has specific characteristics that make them a great choice.Waiting has long been a component of the Daytona’s tradition. In the past, individuals who wanted to buy the steel variation would have to add their names to their jewelers’ waiting lists. And delivery delays could be as long as 10 years. Rolex deliberately produced small quantities of its steel-cased chronographs to encourage prospective customers to buy the gold or bicolor ones, that are more profitable. Second-hand bicolor models actually cost significantly less than steel ones.After many cost rises, the surcharges for used steel versions became smaller and so, also, did the waiting lists — until 2016, when Rolex introduced a steel Daytona using a ceramic bezel. A ceramic bezel had long been available on rose-gold models, along with the platinum Daytona made for the 50th anniversary in 2013 had one, too, so it’s not that surprising that this bezel is currently on steel models. Rolex often first introduces innovations on its high-margin gold models and then waits several years prior to incorporating them into its steel versions.Of course, the story of the Daytona started with a steel model. The iconic chronograph with a tachymeter scale along its bezel first saw the light of day in 1963. Models with screwed push-pieces and a black Plexiglas bezel for the tachymeter scale followed in 1965 and thereafter. Automatic winding became available in 1988, when Rolex started using a modified variant of Zenith’s El Primero caliber.
Kevin L. from Taiwan asks:
I’m a watch enthusiast from Taiwan, I love Rolex especially the vintage 6263 Daytona. However, the piece is too much of a dream for me to afford right now, I know the watch is housing a Valjoux 72, what other watches out there has the same movement with the price range of $1000~$1500? Or should I raise my budget?
You’ve got excellent taste in vintage timepieces – the 6263 Daytona is a superb grail!
The movement in the 6263 is indeed a Valjoux 72 (renamed by Rolex as a Cal. 722), and is a workhorse manual winder that was used by numerous manufacturers in the 1960s and 70s with a dozen-or-so variants including GMT, Triple Date, and central (single register) 12-hour chronograph functionality. With a solid regular production run and so many variants, there are any number of cool vintage timepieces on the market that made use of it. To keep your costs in the $1000-$1500 range, I’d recommend looking at some of the “off-brand” timepieces such as Zodiac, LeJour, Certina, or Wittnauer to score a great deal on a cool piece with this movement. Many of these “no-names” were actually manufactured by recognized brands, (for example, LeJour was manufactured by Heuer; Premier by Breitling; Record by Longines, and so on) so in most cases the only major differences were the name on the dial. You’ll be able to wear and enjoy the piece knowing that the same movement rests inside. Furthermore, picking up one of these pieces won’t put too much of a hole in your Daytona fund!
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