Rolex debuts the next generation of Cosmograph Daytona
The legend of a Swiss timing icon not only lives on, but is seeing a bold revival like no other in 2023 – the 60th anniversary of its debut. Rolex has pulled the covers off its next generation Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona, a model made famous on the wrist of bonafide American actor and racer, Paul Newman. The model which has since graced the wrists of similar high-profile figures from Michael Jordan to Victoria Beckham continues to garner the respect and affection of watch aficionados the world over.
So what sets apart the latest breed of Daytona Cosmograph from its predecessor’s successful formula? It’s all in the details.
Timeless design meets new technology
On the surface, the model receives a host of new details. The dial sees new graphic balance and harmonious colour combinations to further accentuate the contrast between the dial and the trio of signature chronograph rings.
The 40mm Oyster case itself has also been redesigned, and its profile is highlighted by the light reflections on the lugs and case sides. On the models featuring a Cerachrom bezel, the bezel is edged with a thin band of the same metal as the middle case.
And speaking of scratch proof and non-corroding ceramic bezels, Rolex is once again championing its application on some of the new-generation Cosmograph Daytonas. The 950 platinum variant which is distinguished by its icy blue dial features a monobloc Cerachrom bezel in chestnut brown ceramic.
On the Oystersteel variant with a white lacquer dial, and the watch in 18 ct yellow gold with a golden dial and bright black counters, the Cerachrom bezel is set in black ceramic. The bezel’s recessed graduations, numerals and inscriptions on the tachymetric scale are moulded then coated with a thin layer of platinum or yellow gold via PVD process.
New generation meets new movement
The most exciting aspect of the new Cosmograph Daytona is its new heart, the calibre 4131. This latest chronograph movement is an evolution of the calibre 4130 and brings with it a number of major Rolex innovations. Rolex’s proprietary Chronergy escapement, a cut-out oscillating weight alongside completely new finishes embellished with Rolex Côtes de Genève, the brand’s reinterpretation of a well-known decoration in watchmaking on full view via the caseback.
On the functionality front, the movement affords hours, minutes and seconds timing alongside precision chronograph functions. And as with all Rolex timepieces, the Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona bears the Superlative Chronometer certification to ensure superior performance on the wrist. Each timepiece features a power reserve of 72 hours.
Some things are best left untouched and this ideal is certainly retained across the new range. Rolex’s 40mm Oystersteel case is guaranteed waterproof to a depth of 100 metres. The Triplock winding crown is fitted with a triple waterproofness system and protected by an integral crown guard. It also screws down securely against the case, along with the chronograph pushers. On the caseback, sapphire crystal is used to eliminate any scratching while boasting the benefits of anti-reflective coating. These appointments will ensure that the movement can stand the true test of time.
Bracelets across the model range includes the Oystersteel bracelet on most models as well as the innovative Oysterflex bracelet on the remaining. The Oyster bracelet and the Oysterflex bracelet of the Cosmograph Daytona are both equipped with the Oysterlock folding safety clasp, which prevents accidental opening.