As early as the 1930s, Rolex was producing its first chronographs, including the one worn by Sir Malcolm Campbell. The British daredevil set the world land speed record and entered history on Utah's famous Bonneville Salt Flats by exceeding 300 miles per hour (484 km/hr) in his famous "Blue Bird", the name he gave all the cars he raced in (inspired by the blue bird of happiness in the play The Blue Bird by Maurice Maeterlinck).
The Cosmograph Daytona is named for the grueling 24-hours-straight race in Florida. Requiring an artful mix of speed, patience, skill and cojones, it has long been considered one of the sport's most challenging events. Rolex designed the timepiece to be the ultimate timing tool for drivers in endurance races; accurate to 1/8 of a second, it is invaluable to the driver attempting to map course times accurately in order to determine how to drive to win.
This snazzy Black Rolex Daytona is from Time and Gems's DLC ("Diamond-Like Coating") line. Time and Gems, a top dealer of pre-owned Rolex Watches, purchases pre-owned Rolexes in excellent condition, services & reconditions them, and then adds their proprietary, military-grade DLC for more durability.
"Other companies that sell black Rolex watches tend to use brand new watches and charge up to 3 times the cost of a new Rolex" adds Jason Smith, president of Time and Gems. "Since we use certified pre-owned Rolex watches, we're able to offer the same stealth-black look at a much more reasonable price - often just a little more than the cost of a brand new model."
While the chic inky finish also acts as a barrier against scratches, in our opinion, it actually improves on the look of the original (gasp!) by giving it a fabulously tough ninja vibe.
Available in five models starting at $6000 - Rolex Submariner, Sea-Dweller, Explorer II, GMT-II and Milgauss - but should you not want to mess with a classic, they also have a good selection of Rolex Datejust.
- Lesley Scott
(Note: this post may have been sponsored by Time and Gems, but the words and opinions are 100% ours.)