How To Give A Twist To The Aesthetics Of Your Rolex Daytona


Among all the remarkable watches that Rolex has produced throughout their long and illustrious history, possibly no timepiece is more celebrated by enthusiasts and pursued by collectors than the Rolex Daytona. In recent years, the Daytona has become synonymous with Rolex chronographs.

The Rolex Cosmograph Daytona is a mechanical chronograph wristwatch designed to satisfy the requirements of racing drivers by measuring the time and calculating average speed. Its name refers to Daytona, Florida, where racing flourished within the early 20th century.

You would be surprised to know that Daytona’s were the smallest amount of popular watches within the Rolex lineup and therefore the dealer would offer substantial discounts to possess the inventory moving. This is often within the early 1960s once they were introduced. However, during the mid-1960s or maybe late 1960s the Daytona shot to fame when Newman sported his piece.

Rolex limits the assembly of the stainless Daytona’s quite the other chrome steel model. Therefore the AD gets a really limited supply of Daytona’s and therefore the watches are ready to command a better price closer to retail.

And although traditionally the watch comes with a metal bracelet, without forgetting that from a couple of years so far we can see it with the Oysterflex bracelet, let’s not forget how good it can look with a Rolex Daytona leather strap.

Leathers are generally subdivided into genuine and faux leathers. Artificial leathers have names like ‘pleather’, ‘vegan leather’ ‘bi-cast leather’, and leatherette, also as proprietary names like Naugahyde and Alcantara.

Genuine Rolex Daytona leather strap is usually made up of animal skins: cows, goats, sheep, pigs, and equines. Historically, and now controversially due to environmental and animal rights sensitivities, hides from creatures like an alligator, crocodile, lizard, and other ‘exotics’ were widely used.

Nowadays, embossing means the surface textures and appearance of those leathers are often faithfully reproduced on straps made up of more widely acceptable leathers. The underlying leather is usually cowhide or calfskin.

Other finishes and thickness variations are achieved by embossing, punching, stitching, and mixing multiple layers of genuine (or genuine and faux) leather for the front and lining of a strap. On padded straps, padded cores are sandwiched between layers of leather to offer opulent profiled finishes.

Faux leathers come from factories, but a genuine Rolex Daytona leather strap is produced in tanneries where hides are treated with natural and artificial oils, dyes, and other surface treatments, texturing and graining. Many various tanning and finishing processes, also because the addition (or not) of padding (particularly for larger men’s watches) are applied. Also as being dictated by required surface finishes, these are determined by the sort of hiding.

With numerous high-quality straps available in various natural materials and synthetics, it’s not expensive to place a Rolex Daytona leather strap. You’ll then switch to a chrome steel bracelet, or a functional Italian rubber strap, once you enter the water.  If you love a certain watch and strap combination, just go for it.

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