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Talking Hands: The Rolex Cosmograph Daytona

By on 21 October 2010 in Watches

Talking Hands: The Rolex Cosmograph Daytona
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We’ve been toying with the idea for a while now. It’s not unusual for Straight-Six and The Prodigal Fool to crack open a bottle after a meal and get down to some impassioned watch chat. And when they do, the wit, the insight, the downright genius of these two men is unequalled. If only, we thought, we could channel some of that magic and bottle it, if only we could harness that repartee, leverage that peerless chemistry, then surely the world would be enriched immeasurably.

Our first couple of attempts? Yeah, not a total success. We didn’t get the mix quite right: a little too much Cognac, not quite enough, you know, coherent speech. But now, dear readers, we think we’ve finally cracked it. We’ve managed to capture the alchemy on film and are delighted to present it for your viewing pleasure.

So, without further ado, we’re delighted to introduce a new video series here on The Prodigal Guide. We call it Talking Hands and it’s all about having a drink while debating the good, the bad and the ugly (bottom line) of a particular watch.

Our first Talking Hands looks at that most mythic of sports chronographs, the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona. What will our two resident watch fans make of this piece? Will they ever get to the bottom of that bottle of Shiraz? And, more importantly, will you make it to the end of this rather lengthy first episode without smashing your screen in disgust at their inane, drunken drivel? There’s only one way to find out, folks…

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Talking Hands: The Rolex Cosmograph Daytona

We’ve been toying with the idea for a while now. It’s not unusual for Straight-Six and The Prodigal Fool to crack open a bottle after a meal and get down to some impassioned watch chat. And when they do, the wit, the insight, the downright genius of these two men is unequalled. If only, we […]

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Our editor-in-chief, the self-proclaimed "greatest wit, raconteur and bon vivant of our age", borders on delusional. Over the years, the fool has squandered more money on fast cars, Swiss watches and electronic gadgetry of all kinds than he – or Mrs Fool – cares to remember. Come nightfall, he can invariably be found stumbling out of Dukes mumbling “just one more Martini; I could have handled just one mmmmm… [thud!]”

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  • http://www.thewacthlounge.com Olivier Müller

    Never seen that kind of watch review before, for sure…. ! Thanks, folks. It was time you succeeded before the fourth try, though, the bottle was nearly empty – and not sure the speech would have been still consistent afterwards…

    • Straight-Six

      Olivier,

      You have no idea how many bottles were consumed during the previous attempts. We drank, and talked, and filmed and slurred and collapsed. And then filmed again! Yeah, it’s a minor miracle we managed to get this out at all and we’re really pleased that you found it, well, at least original..

      Merci!

  • Frank T

    Love this format! A few great points made … but gotta tell you, I was more intrigued by Straight Six’s 1530 than the modern Daytona.

    • http://www.TheProdigalGuide.com The Prodigal Fool

      Glad you like the format, Frank. Yes, that 1530 is rather distracting isn’t it!? @UnderTheDial even suggested that we go watchless in future episodes but I rather like having more than one thing on screen.

      Anyway, don’t worry and stay tuned: we will definitely be putting the 1530 front and centre in a future episode.

    • Straight-Six

      Am I allowed to say that I was distracted by my own watch too?! That lovely patina, the integrated bracelet….ooooooh yummy yummy!

      Yeah, we’ll try to get The Fool’s watch on screen too for the next shoot. He felt left out.

  • Laguna

    Now, THAT’S infotainment!

    • http://www.TheProdigalGuide.com The Prodigal Fool

      Thanks! And stay tuned, there’s more where that came from…

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  • Boris

    Great format, guys. Not sure how you managed to get through without ending absolutely p*ssed drunk, but great job nonetheless.

    I think your comments are very much spot on. A long time Rolex afficionado, I never thought I’d ever buy a Daytona myself, but took the plunge about 18 months ago. Yes, I too wish it had satin brushed center links and lugs, and that it’s a tad too “bling”. But what really prevented me to buy one for many years, is that I absolutely refuse to pay over list price. No bl**dy way. But if the GFC has had any positive, it’s that it’s brought some sanity back in the pricing of some Rolex models. As a result, I could pick a LNIB white face Daytona (it had been worn once or twice) slightly under list price. Prices have firmed up somewhat, but I believe one can still find a Daytona at around list price relatively easily. And at this price point, it’s a pretty remarkable sports chronograph: one of the best movements around, very solid construction, slender, decent wateproofness, extremely well finished. Looking around very hard, I fail to find another chronograph that gets this mix quite as right.

  • Mohammad Zaid

    I hope that i could… one day , own one of the Dayton collection
    It’s a very wonderful watches.