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An icon defying time

Rolex presents its new-generation Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the iconic watch.

Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona, 40 mm, Oystersteel and yellow gold.

Launched in 1963, the Cosmograph Daytona was designed to meet the needs of professional racing drivers. The emblematic style and technical performance of the Cosmograph Daytona have cemented its iconic status well beyond the motor racing circuits. To mark the 60th anniversary of the watch, Rolex ensures the legend lives on by revisiting the entire range.

With the new-generation Cosmograph Daytona, the singular design of the case and face has now been revisited with subtle refinements to a number of details. The dial receives new graphic balance with harmonious colour combinations and the Oyster case has also been redesigned.

From this year, the Cosmograph Daytona is equipped with calibre 4131. This new chronograph movement, an evolution of calibre 4130, incorporates a number of major innovations including the Chronergy escapement. Particular attention has been paid to aesthetics.

Perpetual calibre 4131.

Like all Rolex watches, the Cosmograph Daytona carries the Superlative Chronometer certification which ensures excellent performance on the wrist.

High-technology ceramic

Rolex played a pioneering role in the development of special Ceramics for creating monobloc bezels and bezel inserts. Not only are these materials virtually scratchproof, their colours are also of a rare intensity and are resistant to environmental effects. The high-tech ceramic is also resistant against corrosion.

Among the versions of the new-generation Cosmograph Daytona presented, the one fashioned in 950 platinum, recognisable by its ice blue dial, is equipped with a monobloc Cerachrom bezel in chestnut brown ceramic.

Meanwhile, the variant in Oystersteel with a white lacquer dial, and the watch in 18 ct yellow gold with a golden dial and bright black counters are adorned with the Cerachrom bezel in black ceramic.

The Oyster case, symbol of waterproofness

A paragon of robustness and reliability, the 40 mm Oyster case of the new-generation Cosmograph Daytona is guaranteed waterproof to a depth of 100 metres (330 feet).         

The middle case of the versions presented is crafted from a solid block of Oystersteel, 18 ct yellow or Everose gold and 950 platinum. Its case back is screwed down with a special tool that allows only Rolex watchmakers to access the movement. The crystal is made of virtually scratchproof sapphire with an anti-reflective coating. On the Cosmograph Daytona in 950 platinum, the case now features a transparent case back in sapphire with an anti-reflective coating, offering the opportunity to admire the decorations on the movement and the pivoting of the oscillating weight.

Perpetual calibre 4131

The new-generation Cosmograph Daytona is equipped with calibre 4131, a chronograph movement entirely developed by Rolex and unveiled this year. This self-winding mechanical movement delivers outstanding performance in terms of precision, power reserve, convenience and reliability. The bridges of calibre 4131 feature a Rolex Côtes de Genève decoration, the brand’s reinterpretation of a well-known decoration in watchmaking. Calibre 4131 incorporates the patented Chronergy escapement, which combines high energy efficiency with great dependability.

Calibre 4131 is equipped with a self-winding system via a Perpetual rotor. Thanks to its barrel architecture and the escapement’s superior efficiency, the power reserve of calibre 4131 extends to approximately 72 hours.

Oyster and Oysterflex bracelets

Developed at the end of the 1930s, the three-piece link Oyster bracelet remains the most universal in the Oyster Perpetual collection and is known for its robustness. The Cosmograph Daytona in 950 platinum is fitted on an Oyster bracelet. The variant in Oystersteel, as well as the yellow Rolesor version which combines Oystersteel and yellow gold, are also fitted on this bracelet with both sporting a white lacquer dial.

The Oysterflex bracelet is furnished with the Rolex Glidelock extension system.

The 18 ct Everose gold version is similarly offered on an Oyster bracelet, with a bright black dial and Sundust counters. Meanwhile, the 18 ct yellow gold version is fitted on an Oysterflex bracelet with a golden dial and bright black counters.

This innovative bracelet is made up of two flexible, curved metal blades, overmoulded with high-performance black elastomer.Both the Oyster and Oysterflex bracelets are equipped with the Oysterlock folding safety clasp to prevent accidental opening. The Oyster bracelet length can be adjusted easily by approximately 5 mm, while the Oysterflex bracelet length can be adjusted up to some 15 mm.

Superlative Chronometer certification

Like all Rolex watches, the Cosmograph Daytona is covered by the Superlative Chrono-meter certification redefined by Rolex in 2015. This designation testifies that every watch leaving the brand’s workshops has successfully undergone a series of tests conducted by Rolex according to its own criteria, following the official certification of the movements by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC).

The Rolex green seal, a symbol of Superlative Chronometer status.

The precision of a Rolex Superlative Chronometer is of the order of −2/+2 seconds per day. The rate deviation tolerated by the brand for a finished watch is significantly smaller than that accepted by COSC for official certification of the movement alone, show-casing its high standards in product quality.

The Superlative Chronometer status is symbolised by the green seal that comes with every Rolex watch and is coupled with an international five-year guarantee.