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Rolex Submariner vs. Rolex Cosmograph Daytona

They are the two watch icons to which Rolex owes its reputation for luxury timepieces, which has grown steadily over the decades: the Oyster Perpetual Submariner and the Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona. Introduced in 1953, the Submariner is about 10 years older than the Daytona, at least based on the officially named market launches. Both models had various predecessors, but their field of application was clearly defined and very different from the very beginning. Built for underwater use, the Submariner diving watch was designed for maximum robustness and water resistance, while the Cosmograph Daytona was of course characterized by its chronograph function designed for racing drivers. But, apart from the obvious… what are the differences between the two models?

This was the first Rolex Submariner in 1953 (Picture: Rolex)

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The first Cosmograph Daytona from 1963 (Photo: Rolex)

Basic features of the two watches

1. Function
Submariner Date: bezel for measuring dive time

Cosmograph Daytona: chronograph function

2. Water resistant
Submariner Date: waterproof to 300 meters

Cosmograph Daytona: waterproof to 100 meters depth

3. Materials
Submariner Date: Stainless Steel, Rolesor Yellow, Yellow Gold, White Gold

Cosmograph Daytona: Stainless Steel, Rolesor Yellow, Yellow Gold, White Gold, Everose Gold, Platinum

4. Size
Submariner Date: Oyster Case, 40 mm

Cosmograph Daytona: Oyster Case, 40 mm

5. Movement
Submariner Date: caliber 3135 with approx. 48 hours power reserve

Cosmograph Daytona: caliber 4130 with approx. 72 hours power reserve

6. Lowest price (stainless steel versions)
Submariner Date: 7.750 Euro

Cosmograph Daytona: 11.300 Euro

Here you can see the current versions of the two watches in direct comparison:

Continuously updated article, originally put online in July 2016.

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