There is no doubt that the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona replica watches UK a venerable institution of modern luxury watches, even though the collection has been around since the 1960s. Since its birth, the Rolex Daytona watch has seen a range of versions and evolutions, but for the most part, it has been considered one of the most important chronograph sport watches of all time. This year at Baselworld 2016, Rolex once again introduced a few new versions of the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona including this handsome-looking reference 116508-0013 (116508 YG) 18k yellow gold version on a matching bracelet and with a handsome, deep green metallic dial. This is a new addition to the 116508 Daytona collection (yellow gold models), and I want to add that, ironically, the green dial color looks better in person than the slightly too-bright images Rolex has on their own website.
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The Rolex Cosmograph Daytona is a unique success story of wrist watch families for having so much popularity, even amongst a large range of versions, movements, and styles that were produced over the years. “Daytona” is a highly profitable name in Rolex watches when it comes to both new and vintage models. A market dud when it was originally released, the so-called “Paul Newman” Daytona collection earns top dollar by demanding collectors at prices almost utterly out of whack for what most enthusiasts would consider to be the sum of its parts and prestige.
In the 1990s, steel steel bezel Rolex Daytona fake watches were all the rage – which Rolex reportedly produced in “insufficient” quantities given market demand. The result was both a waiting list as well as mark-ups for new steel Rolex Daytona models. Rolex managed to do it again this year in 2016, during a time when timepiece collectors lining up to purchase new watches at retail prices are arguably at an all-time low.
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Even though the brand isn’t shy about releasing new Rolex Daytona models, most of the new ones over the last few years have been precious metal or jewelry versions. For example, in 2014, Rolex released the notable reference 116506 platinum Rolex Cosmograph Daytona with a blue dial and brown ceramic bezel. Most people commented on the ritzy platinum construction versus the fact that it was the first Rolex Daytona model with a brown ceramic bezel. Rolex green dial replica watches first introduced a ceramic bezel on a Daytona model a year or two earlier – an 18 Everose gold model on a strap.
A valuable Rolex wristwatch owned by Dwight D. Eisenhower will be on sale for the first time in its history – valued at an estimated US$1 million – during a live auction event to be held on 17 September 2014 by Boston-based auction house RR Auction.
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Dating back to 1951, the yellow gold Rolex Oyster Perpetual DateJust replica watches reference 6305 on a matching Jubilee bracelet with deployment clasp was presented to General Eisenhower by Rolex to celebrate the production of their 150,000th watch to obtain ‘Official Chronometer’ certification (the 100,000th was given to Winston Churchill), and to recognise the general’s great achievements in World War II.
The back case and the bracelet clasp were engraved with the DDE initials. On the back Rolex also engraved the five-star general insignia and date that NATO appointed him as Supreme Allied Commander of Europe, “12-19-1950.”
In the Dwight D. Eisenhower portrait that appeared on the cover of the July 21 issue of Life Magazine – just after he had secured the Republican Party’s presidential nomination – this rare Rolex is displayed in full view on his left wrist. Eisenhower frequently wore this watch throughout his tenure in presidential office.
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The watch is in good running order with some refinishing of case and bracelet surfaces. The dial was upgraded in the 1960’s to the current original (never refinished) Rolex silvered dial cheap fake watches, with applied gold markers, and tritium luminous dots matching tritium paint channels in the hands for nighttime vision. The original dial would have had radium activated luminous and more of a matte appearance, but the original red date disk was retained. Tritium was newly being used at the time in place of radium activated paints, as it was much more safe.
Quite often we find great stuff from watchmaking history on our own, of course, but a lot of the time we get help from readers too and in this case, a reader shared something with us in the comments that was so good we just wanted to make sure no one missed it. Here it is: NASA archival footage, via Spacecraft Films, showing LEM pilot Ed Mitchell putting on what looks like Replica Rolex GMT Master Series Watches UK under the inner cuff of his space suit.
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Reader “Refractor Phil” commented, “This January 1971 Apollo 14 video shows astronaut-Lunar Module pilot Edgar Mitchell putting on extra watches underneath his spacesuit during suit up procedures for the third Lunar mission to land on the Moon. It looks like Stainless Steel Fake Rolex Watches on each arm tugged underneath the fire resistant long underwear sleeves . . . ”
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The Apollo 14 crew – Commander Alan Shepard, Command Module Pilot Stuart Roosa, and Lunar Module Pilot Edgar Mitchell – might have had butterflies in their stomachs after the close call of the preceding aborted Apollo 13 mission, but they look all business in the video and the nine-day mission went off without a hitch, famously including an interlude on the lunar surface, where Alan Shepard knocked a couple of golf balls around. We’ve seen stills of Mitchell’s Rolex GMT Master Copy Watches before but never run across this footage, which is just a great piece of living history. Mitchell passed away at the age of 85 just last February – the last surviving member of the Apollo 14 crew – and we can’t help but wonder what might have happened to his Rolex. Hit us up in the comments if you have any ideas!