19 April 2016
A new version in steel of the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona—or simply “the Daytona,” as everyone calls it, after the name of the American car race and track with which Rolex has been linked since the sixties, has at last arrived on the market. Inspired in its graphic design by a model from 1965, with a white lacquer dial and contrasting black rings around the subdials, the new chronograph is distinguished from its predecessor by a bezel made from the company’s exclusive Cerachrom material (instead of Plexiglas), with an engraved tachymeter scale coated with a deposit of platinum. The case (40 mm in diameter, waterproof to a depth of 100 meters) and the bracelet are made of steel—as always 904L stainless steel, chosen by Rolex for its luster and resistance to corrosion. The movement is the customary self-winding 4130 caliber, made “in house,” with column wheel, paramagnetic Parachrom hairspring, 3-day power reserve and official chronometer certificate issued by the COSC. But above all it has an accuracy (between -2 and + 2 seconds a day) twice that required by the Swiss chronometer testing institute. In fact the new Daytona carries the green seal: the unprecedented certification of status as a Superlative Chronometer, created by the manufacturer and given to all the new watches it has presented at Baselworld this year. This reflects superior performance in the areas of accuracy, power reserve, self-winding and water resistance and is accompanied a 5-year guarantee.