Ditona Is Not Only Your Favorite Rolex, But Also A History Of Endurance Racing

Rolex Daytona must be very familiar to watch fans. The classic three-lap design is like three tracks. The built-in timing function is for racing. It is made of various materials. The combination also gave birth to various cute nicknames, such as ‘Panda Di’, ‘Green Jindi’, ‘Jinjiao Di’, ‘Bing Landi’ and so on. The birth of Daytona was first started when Rolex entered the car racing timekeeping field in the 1930s. Daytona International Speedway, located in Daytona Beach, Florida, USA, was established in 1959 Every day, Daytona’s 24-hour racing endurance race is held here. One year after the first Daytona 24 Hours were held in 1962, Rolex introduced the first Daytona watch designed specifically for racers. Every driver who wins the championship gets a specially tailored Daytona watch. In 1992, Rolex officially sponsored the ’24 Hours of Daytona’, which was named ‘Rolex 24 At Daytona’ (The Rolex). . Since 2001, Rolex has become the official timer for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. After decades of development, Rolex Daytona occupies an important position in the field of sports chronograph watches, designed specifically to meet the timing needs of professional endurance racers. Today, Rolex Daytona watches have hundreds of models, including the classic Paul Newman Daytona, 18k eternal rose gold, inlaid models, stainless steel models and ceramic rings and other models. In the current domestic watch market, Daytona is not only very popular in price increases, but also a watch is hard to find. For example, this Rolex Cosmograph Daytona series 11600LN-78590 white-panel watch, which is what we often call ‘Panda Di’, is extremely hot in the domestic market. The watch uses a black ceramic outer ring with a white dial. The face of the watch is three small black ring dials, which have a chronograph 30-minute hand, a 12-hour chronograph and a second hand display function. Since Rolex first adopted the ceramic bezel on the Gangdi, the price was also higher than the stainless steel model. Nowadays, ‘Panda Di’ is basically unavailable at public prices in the domestic market. For ordinary consumers, it is indeed impossible to find. Rolex and motorsport have always been inextricably linked. In the “Rolex Daytona 24 Hours Endurance Race” in 2019, the Wayne Taylor team of “Head” Alonso won the DPi category championship, and at the same time also won a special Custom Rolex Daytona. This cosmograph Daytona model is a 116503 white dial watch with a diameter of 40 mm and a water resistance of 100 meters. The case material is made of 18ct yellow gold and 904L stainless steel with an oyster strap, showing a bright and noble and solid and reliable temperament. This watch is equipped with Rolex’s own self-winding mechanical chronograph 4130 movement. It adopts paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring, which has strong shock resistance. It is certified by the superb observatory precision timepiece and has a power reserve of 72 hours. If we say that Rolex Daytona symbolizes precise timing, sturdy and reliable. Then the ‘Rolex Daytona 24 Hours’ represents speed and challenge. Daytona International’s curve has a 31 degree inclination and a maximum point of 10 meters, which allows the car to turn at high speeds, which is a test of the performance and durability of the car. Wayne Taylor, the ‘brother’ Alonso, is using Cadillac DPi. DPi stands for Daytona Prototype international. The car was selected by the manufacturer among the four FIA / ACO-specified chassis manufacturers Oreca, Ligier, Dallara, and Riley, combined with the upgrade of body parts and the use of the engine developed by the manufacturer. Because of the uninterrupted speed of the 24-hour endurance race, it is a great challenge for both the car and the driver. As one of the performance representatives of the Cadillac brand, the Cadillac DPi has won three consecutive years in the race since its launch in 2017, which is enough to show Cadillac’s sports genes. The word ‘Dittona’ is not just a name for those who love watches and racing, it is a challenging and tested spiritual totem. The story of Daytona continues, and I believe more and more people will like Daytona watches and racing cars. (Text / Huawei)