Following a series of new models introduced in the 1950s, Rolex worked mainly on adding new models to these watch collections in the following decade.
In addition, two very important new collections were created during this decade. Let’s go back in time and see “who” they were.
The new 1960s collection
Although Rolex launched only two new collections in the 1960s, these two watches became Rolex icons.
One was a chronograph in the spirit of motor sport, and the other a diving watch for professionals.
1963 & the Daytona
Although Rolex had been working on creating chronographs since the late 1930s, it was not until 1963 that the Daytona model came into being.
The first model introduced was the 6239 with the hand-wound 722-1 movement, in stainless steel, with a pair of chronograph pushers on the right side of the watch case, a dial with three sub-dials representing the hours, minutes and seconds, and a bezel with a tachymeter scale to measure speed and distance (to calculate average speed) and a stopwatch function to record elapsed time.
This was the first Rolex chronograph to feature a tachymetric scale on the bezel.
Shortly after its launch, the “Cosmograph” was added to the dial to commemorate the completion of the Daytona International Circuit in Florida (Daytona is a beach in Florida designated as a mecca for speedsters because of its long, narrow, flat roads and solid, concrete-like sand).
Advertising under the name ‘LeMans’
According to sources, the Daytona was initially advertised as “LeMans” and was later officially renamed “Daytona” after the addition of the logo (Cosmograph).
The Daytona with its “exotic” (or “tropical”) dial was sold for around $300 at the time and was produced from around 1964 to 1976 in stainless steel, 14k and 18k gold versions.
1967 & Sea Ambassador
Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, the Replica Rolex Submariner was a popular watch among divers around the world, and the models were arguably a huge success.
However, as the sport became more widely discovered, the depths of diving increased and so did the need for a watch with all the skills required.
The Submariner watches, which were worn by divers at the time, could no longer withstand the pressure of deep dives and even suffered broken glasses.
Helium drain valve construction
So Rolex set out to solve this problem by creating a “helium valve”, which means that when the pressure inside the case exceeds the preset internal pressure of the helium valve, the valve automatically pushes open to allow the gas to escape, thus ensuring that the watch does not suffer any damage due to excessive pressure inside the watch.
Following the manufacture of the new configuration, in 1967 Rolex launched the stainless steel Double Red Sea Ambassador 1665, water-resistant to 610 metres (2,000 feet).
Double Red, a reference to the two lines of red text on the dial, which were intended to distinguish it from the Submariner already introduced at the time, in addition to a distinctive valve setting on the left side of its case, which distinguished the two collections at a glance.
1960s New models
As mentioned at the beginning of this article, the 1960s were a very busy time for UK Fake Rolex, as not only did they have to produce new collections, but they also had to build on the existing ones and introduce more new models.
In the late 1950s,Replica Rolex launched the second generation of its GMT models, the steel reference 1675 and the gold reference 1675/8.
In the late 1960s, a new two-tone material, the bezel, was added to the models.
Two-tone material: a combination of stainless steel and yellow gold on one watch, called Rolesor (inter-gold).
The new bezel: a brown dial with a brown bezel or a black dial with a black bezel, also known as the Root Beer bezel.
The new President watch
In the early 1960s, Rolex introduced a new generation of Day-Date “President” models beginning with the 180x. The model continued with the previous design and came in yellow gold, white gold, pink gold and platinum versions.
The difference is that the new 36 mm model comes with several different bezels: model 1803 with a fluted bezel,replica rolex watches model 1802 with a smooth bezel, model 1804 with a diamond-set bezel, model 1807 with a bark-style bezel…
The most unusual feature of the 180x generation is the brightly coloured lacquered dial on the so-called “Stella” dial.
The new Logbook
In the early 1960s, uk Rolex Replica also released a new series of logbook models beginning with the 160x.
The models also retained the classic 36 mm case of the Logbook, but with a new movement: the earlier model had a 1565 automatic movement, while the new model had a 1575 automatic movement.
Available in stainless steel, two-tone steel and yellow gold, the new Logbook is also available with various bezels, as is the new Day Date model: model 1600 with a smooth bezel; model 1601 with a fluted bezel…
The New Day-Date
Following the introduction of the 6239, Rolex began to introduce new models in the mid-1960s: the 6241 for the ladies’ Daytona; the 6240, which included a screw-down chronograph push-piece for the first time to ensure greater water resistance; the 6262 with a metal bezel; the 6264 with a black acrylic bezel…
It is worth noting that the dial originally known as the “exotic” (also known as the “tropical” dial) was renamed the famous “Paul Newman” dial after the famous actor during this period.
The new Submariner
In 1962, Rolex introduced the new Submariner model 5513 to replace the 5512, which had already been launched in 1958.
However, as the 5513 was not COSC-certified, it lacked the “SUPERLATIVE CHRONOMETER OFFICIALLY CERTIFIED” label on the dial, which resulted in a very sparse dial overall.
Other details, such as the 40 mm case, the steel strap, the screw-down bezel and the 200 m water resistance, are the same as those of the 5512.
Also in the late 1960s, with the introduction of the 1680 stainless steel version (the first stainless steel Cyclops), Rolex added the “Cyclops” design to the gold version.
These are the new collections, models and materials that emerged from Rolex in the 1960s.