Born and bred on the track
Text: Keef Wong
Created by Rolex in 1963, the Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona is a watch born for speed and racing. Known simply as the ‘Daytona’, it has transcended reliability and performance into being one of the best known and regarded chronographs in the world. The design of the Daytona is timeless, adorning the wrists of many on and off the racetrack. The Daytona is one of the rare professional watches that has been embraced by the stylish, as a unisex icon, worn by both ladies and gentlemen.
This year, Rolex is introducing three new versions of the Daytona, in 18ct yellow, white or Everose gold. These new watches are fitted with the new and innovative Oysterflex bracelet, in a high tech elastomer reinforced with a metal blade. They are also equipped with a black monobloc Cerachrom ceramic bezel, engraved with the iconic tachymetric scale, which allows the user to measure average speeds of up to 400 units of distance per hour.
The Oystercase is guaranteed waterproof to a depth of 100 metres (330 feet), and is crafted from a solid block of 18ct gold, a paragon of robustness, proportion and elegance. The case back, winding crown and chronograph pushers are all screwed down securely against the case, ensuring that water and dust stay out of the internal workings.
Inside, the Daytona is equipped with the legendary calibre 4130, a self-winding mechanical chronograph movement that was re-engineered to ensure supreme accuracy and reliability. As with all modern Rolex watches since 2015, the new Daytona carries the Superlative Chronometer certification, representing operating precision of -2/+2 seconds a day, more than double the tolerance of what that is required of an official Swiss chronometer. The Superlative Chronometer status is symbolised by the green seal that comes with every Rolex watch and coupled with an international five-year guarantee.