The Rolex Cosmograph Daytona, introduced in 1963, was designed for race-car drivers. It’s a name and a function that are synonymous with high-performance motorsports. The Cosmograph Daytona has endured for over 50 years and continues to do so.
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Rolex Daytona Price in KSA
Rolex Cosmograph Daytonas come in an almost infinite number of variations. Many enthusiasts aspire to own one of the extremely rare vintage models, which can sell for over 431,000 Saudi Riyals. On the other end of the spectrum, more recent two-tone editions are priced at under 56,000 SAR. Stainless steel models with a black ceramic bezel sell for around 97,500 SAR, while the new rose or yellow gold version costs about 133,000 SAR. With a price tag of around 311,000 SAR, the platinum Daytona with an ice blue dial and a brown ceramic bezel is the most expensive current timepiece.
It should be noted that the Rolex watch price in KSA is continuing to rise rapidly year on year due to high demand and limited supply. These values are accurate for the year 2021 only.
The Legendary Racing Timepiece
When it came to designing the Rolex Daytona, the engineers kept race car drivers in mind. Originally, the watch had a 12-hour chronograph function. In addition to the 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock and the small seconds at 9 o’clock, the dial is clean and easy to read.
The bezel has a tachymeter scale on it so the user can see their average speed over a certain distance. Rolex, in contrast to other watchmakers, used a much larger scale on the bezel’s stainless steel construction at the time.
The Valjoux caliber 72 powered vintage Daytonas from the 1960s. When Rolex introduced the first automatic Daytona in 1976, the company stopped making these hand-wound timepieces.
At Baselworld 1988, the Swiss company announced new chronograph enhancements, including the caliber 4030 automatic chronograph. The Zenith El Primero movement serves as the inspiration for this timepiece’s movement (vph).
Rolex’s watchmakers, on the other hand, were put off by the El Primero’s 5 Hz higher frequency and date display. Consequently, the Zenith movement was completely redesigned, with their design engineers rebuilding nearly half of the movement’s components in the end.
When it came to balancing, for example, they lowered the frequency to 28,000 vph and used the famed Breguet overcoil instead of the traditional balance spring. This larger balance wheel is equipped with four Microstella nuts, Rolex’s own proprietary regulation system.
This isn’t like most other watches, which include a regulator as standard equipment. It was the steel models that were in high demand, and there are still long waitlists for them.
Alternatives to the Rolex Daytona
If you haven’t fallen in love with the Daytona, but want something similar then check out these watches.