The 2023 edition of Watches&Wonders coincides with the anniversary, the 60th to be precise, of the Rolex Daytona. Iconic watch par excellence, it has crossed the threshold of motor racing circuits in recent decades thanks to its emblematic aesthetics and its performance, to establish itself as the most coveted chronograph by enthusiasts of the brand.
For the model's sixtieth anniversary, Rolex is perpetuating the myth of its chronograph by revisiting the entire range. A work of high precision that concerns both the case and the movement. Through all its evolutions and changes, it reminds us that the pursuit of excellence is a path that knows no end.
The revised case design creates flowing and elegant lines of light on the sides of the case middle case. In the versions equipped with a ceramic Cerachrom bezel, the edge of the latter is made of the same metal as the case.
In the 950 platinum version, also recognizable by the ice blue dial, the oscillating weight is in 18 ct yellow gold and is immediately visible through the transparent sapphire caseback, a feature never before adopted in the Oyster Perpetual collection.
Considered the noblest of metals, platinum impresses with its unique sheen. This rare precious metal is among the densest and most difficult to work with, as well as being known for its exceptional resistance to corrosion. Rolex only uses platinum 950, an alloy composed of 950‰ (per thousand) of platinum and a specific amount of ruthenium, meticulously worked in-house.
The Cosmograph Daytona is equipped with the caliber 4131. This new chronograph movement, entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex, is an evolution of the caliber 4130. Introduced in 2023, it integrates some of the main innovations that Rolex has brought to its movements, including the Chronergy escapement to reduce energy loss (among other benefits); the Paraflex shockproof device to protect the heart of the movement; and an optimized ball bearing to improve self-winding.
The caliber features a new aesthetic for the Brand: a perforated oscillating weight and, on the bridges, an exclusive Rolex Côtes de Genève decoration, a reinterpretation of an iconic finish in traditional Swiss watchmaking.