I recently had the pleasure of wearing a men’s gold Rolex Daytona watch. Ok, I “borrowed” it from my husband’s nightstand when he was busy. I haven’t had a lot of experience with Rolex watches, so this was a treat. I was first, surprised by the weight of the watch. This is a substantial watch; heavy and thick. Then, I was impressed with the smooth coolness of the gold as I slipped it on my wrist. And with the price of gold these days, the feeling was almost priceless! Soon, housework called and I immersed myself in the list of chores assigned to the weekend.
Later that evening, my husband inquired about his watch that he spied strapped to my wrist. I looked at the watch longingly but quickly became alarmed as the “second” hand stood still. I suspected that I must have knocked the watch and broken it in my fervor to complete the housework. However, my knowledgeable husband launched into a tutorial of the inner workings of the Daytona and during this lesson, it occurred to me that I may not be the only person who has made the mistake of thinking the “second” hand on the Daytona is a normal “second” hand when in fact, it is a stopwatch hand.
This watch is called a Daytona which was named for the racing enthusiasts of the Daytona 500, so naturally, stop watches would be a useful feature. The dial has three smaller dials on its face that are referred to as sub-dials and two of the three are for use while the stopwatch is engaged. One of the sub-dials is designated as an hour hand; the second sub-dial is designated for the minute hand while the stopwatch feature is engaged. The last sub-dial is the “second” hand for the watch and is always moving. The “second” hand on the large dial, the one that I thought I had broken, is the stopwatch second hand and sits stationary until the stopwatch is engaged. To make things even more interesting, these sub-dials have changed positions over the years as the movements have changed. In the 1990’s the movement was a Zenith movement and the sub-dials were in a different order, but in the 2000’s Rolex movement was installed which placed the “second” hand at the six-o’clock location.
This may be all that I know about the Rolex Daytona watch besides the fact that the very dashing Paul Newman made the watch famous. Oh, and ever since I told my husband he was even more handsome than Paul Newman during his youthful years, I will be soon be getting my very own Rolex. So who knows, I may have more to say after all!