Initially released in 1963, Rolex's Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona has since become one of the world's most popular chronographs. Immediately recognisable thanks in part to its tachymeter-engraved bezel, which allows the wearer to measure speeds of up to 400 units of distance an hour, this is the motorsports fan's wristwatch. For 2017 — much to the delight of Daytona enthusiasts — the line is getting a new watchstrap pairing.
Available in a 40mm 18-carat yellow gold (Ref. 116518LN), white gold (Ref. 116519LN) or Everose gold (Ref. 116515LN) case, all featuring a Cerachrom bezel, the Daytona has now been fitted with the innovative Oysterflex bracelet (of Yacht-Master 40 fame). Blending precision engineering with streamlined aesthetics, this series is for the discerning collector who's in the market for a stylish yet robust sports watch.
Featuring Rolex's characteristic monobloc crafted middle case in yellow, white or Everose gold, a fluted hermetically sealed screw-down caseback, and a crown-guarded winding crown fitted with the Triplock waterproofness system, this Daytona series is guaranteed waterproof to a depth of 100 metres. The chronograph pushers, which screw down against the case, are positioned on either side of the 3 o'clock crown and activate the Daytona's chronograph functions. These include a 30-minute counter at 3 o'clock and a 12-hour counter at 9 o'clock, in addition to a central chronograph seconds hand. Completing the trio of registers on the dial is a small seconds counter at 6 o'clock. As with all modern Rolexes, the Daytona includes the stop seconds function for accurate time setting.
Standing out against the dial, which comes in an array of colours, the subdials feature black discs that complement the watch's Cerachrom bezel in black ceramic. Corrosion resistant and virtually scratchproof, this Rolex-patented material is highly sought after for its extreme resilience. Moreover, impervious to UV light, its black colour endures over time — an important attribute for a timepiece that could face much wear-and-tear if used on a racetrack. The Daytona's bezel also includes an engraved tachymeter that — via a process of Physical Vapour Deposition (PVD) whereby gold or platinum is transferred into the scale — ensures exceptional legibility.
Encased within this line of Cosmograph Daytona watches is the in-house Perpetual calibre 4130. A self-winding mechanical movement, this calibre contains fewer chronograph-related components than typical chronographs, thus Rolex was able to improve its accuracy. Offering a power reserve of 72 hours, the calibre 4130 is also equipped with a self-winding module that features a Perpetual rotor, as well as Rolex's patented Parachrom hairspring, which is unaffected by magnetic fields and remains stable in the face of temperature fluctuations and shocks. A robust precision instrument, the Manufacture has once again demonstrated its watchmaking mastery via this movement, which boasts the recently redefined Superlative Chronometer certification with an accuracy rate of -2/-2 seconds per day.
Raising the bar even further, Rolex was not content to couple this watch with a regular strap. Rather, the Oysterflex bracelet is a piece of high-tech engineering that brings together the sturdy, reliable nature of metal with the comfort and flexibility of elastomer. Though this may appear to be a rubber-like bracelet, the Oysterflex's interior is made up of a superelastic metal blade that is coated in high-performance black elastomer, a particularly durable and element-resistant material. To guard against accidental opening, the bracelet is fitted with an Oysterlock safety clasp, in addition to Rolex's Easylink rapid extension system that enables the wearer to increase the bracelet length by 5mm for added comfort.
Ranging in price from $34,900 to $36,450 depending on the watch's case material, the Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona with Oysterflex bracelet will be available at our boutiques in June.
Rolex is stocked by Watches of Switzerland in our Melbourne Rolex Boutique and our Watches of Switzerland Boutiques in Perth and Cairns.