After the announcement of the retirement of 'Doctor Rossi' in August, it is time to say "goodbye" to one of the best riders of this century and the man who simply defines MotoGP. Valentino Rossi will put an end to his incredible 25-year career in the MotoGP Grand Prix of Valencia this weekend. During the approach to the GP on Sunday, Valentino wore a Rolex Daytona perfectly in line with one of the most important weekends of his career.
I still remember when one summer afternoon, when I was only nine years old, I saw him running and I was glued in front of the TV. His talent, his victories and his infectious sympathy were a perfect mix, especially in the eyes of a child. Over time, his races have become a Sunday ritual or almost, which went on for over twenty years and marked afternoons with the family, united memories with important personal goals. In short, for several years Valentino was a sort of 'super hero' for me. For this reason it seems unlikely that "Valentinik", as he was nicknamed at the beginning of his career, has given up on time. However, he does it in his style, that is with the record of 22 seasons in the top-class.
Let's go ahead and talk about what we have in common, the passion for watches. During the last weekend of his career as a motorcycle racer, Valentino wore the most sought-after Rolex Cosmograph Daytona among the gold references, the 116508 with the Green dial. This is not the first all-gold watch spotted on the 'Doctor' wrist, as we have already 'spotted' it in the past with a Yach-Master 126655 and a Rolex Daytona 116509 with a blue dial.
Presented at Baselworld 2016 with some new versions of the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona, the reference 116508 – 0013 (116508 YG) in 18k yellow gold on a satin oyster bracelet with a matching polished center and a beautiful deep green metallic dial. This is an addition to the Daytona collection that has quickly become 'iconic': what better match than yellow and green for a Rolex watch?
Inside beats the Rolex manufacture caliber 4130 automatic chronograph movement. Running at 4Hz, it has around 72 hours of power reserve (up from 50 hours of the previous caliber) and delivers the current Rolex standard of + 2 / -2 seconds per day of accuracy.
Over the course of his career, Valentino has been spotted with numerous watches. It can be said without exaggeration that Rolex is his favorite brand and he particularly loves chronographs given his own Omega Speedmaster "Dark Side of the Moon". Furthermore, how can we forget the limited edition of Jaeger LeCoultre dedicated to him. Below, we show you some photos of the watches that have accompanied him throughout his career.