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Steel Daytona On Interchangeable Oysterflex: Mark Kauzlarich

Since Rolex surprised us with the Le Mans Daytona, the iconic chronograph has been back on my mind. I’ve always sort of dismissed the modern Daytona as a watch for other people. I don’t know who they are, but they weren’t me. Then the Le Mans changed everything. I’ll never forget that release and how it exceeded expectations in person in every way. So I started looking at Daytonas again. But there’s a problem. The best Daytona possible doesn’t exist. Yet. www.highluxurystore.ru

After getting to compare the Le Mans to the white gold Daytona on Oysterflex, I realized that if you could only choose between strap and bracelet on a daily basis (without owning both) you really could have one of the most versatile watches on the market. Make it in stainless steel and you’ve got a nearly perfect daily wear watch. But because of the design of the end links for the Oysterflex, you can’t mix and match. While I’m not confident enough to predict this is what Rolex will do, it’s what I’m crossing my fingers for. www.highluxurystore.ru

Imagine a white-dialed Rolex Daytona with all the new bells and whistles, the metal rim on the ceramic bezel, and maybe a bonus display caseback. Now add an updated quick-release oyster bracelet and an option to buy a quick-release Oysterflex as well. I’m getting excited just thinking about it. Walking around town, the heft and visual appeal of the stainless steel Oyster bracelet would scratch the itch of wearing a Daytona the way it was born to be. But if I were heading to the country club (which I’d be a member of if I owned a Daytona) to hit some balls, I’d pop my new favorite watch on an Oysterflex so it’s more comfortable on my sweaty wrist as I lounge in the clubhouse afterward. What a dream.
In any event, this just goes to show you what power Rolex wields when it comes to watch enthusiasts trying to figure out what they will and won’t do year in and year out. We certainly fall into that bucket and make it a yearly tradition to get clairvoyant with the Crown’s novelties. Last year we (okay, I) basically correctly foresaw the gold GMT and I’ll never let anyone forget it. This year our choices run the gamut from “obvious” to full-on funky. We made our Tudor picks yesterday, and now without further ado, here are our predictions for Rolex mere days ahead of Watches & Wonders 2024. Like we said yesterday, let us know what predictions you have in the comments and tell which of ours you like best! www.highluxurystore.ru