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It was just last year that Rolex to the delight of many of its followers released a stainless-steel Daytona with a ceramic bezel. Now at this 2017 edition of Baselworld, the iconic Swiss brand is back with more Daytona options in various precious metals.

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A somewhat controversial novelty on this timepiece was fitting the Daytona with a rubber Oysterflex strap, like the one originally introduced on the “Yacht-Master”, back in 2015.

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Composed of a super elastic metal blade that’s been covered by a molded high-performance black elastomer, which is a material known to be highly resistant to weather elements. It also promises to offer a more comfortable feel to the wrist with an Easylink mechanism, but not all fans seem to have embraced this feature. For many it’s a ‘rubber strap’ and in their minds inferior to a bracelet, which might explain why Rolex insists on referring to it as a ‘bracelet’.

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The 40mm case is available in either 18k: yellow, white or rose gold; all equipped with a solid case back and a black Cerachrom bezel. The ceramic bezel, which Rolex refers to as ‘Cerachrom’ is engraved with a tachymeter scale.

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There are also two screw-down push-pieces used to operate the chronograph functions. While its screw-down crown uses the Rolex Triplock waterproof system, which assists in keeping water-resistance on this timepiece able to reach up to 100 meters (330 feet).

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Time is exhibited on either: a silver dial for the 18k white gold, a champagne dial for the 18k yellow gold or an Everose for the 18k rose gold version. All these dials have a sunray finish, with contrasting black sub-dials and they all use hour index markers. The hands on each piece was made with metal matching its case, besides being all fitted with a Chromalight, which is the Rolex version of a luminescent filling, for an enhanced legibility.

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Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona

This “Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona” (References below) is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber 4130 with 44 jewels, 201 components and 28,800 Vph. An architecture that allows the movement to function with less parts than a standard chronograph, which serves to enhance its reliability. Power reserve on this timepiece can last up to 72 hours, when fully wound.

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Mounted to the watch is not the standard Oyster bracelet we’ve grown accustomed to; instead Rolex has fitted the new Daytona with a black rubber Oysterflex bracelet (or, strap depending on who you ask), secured to the wrist by a Oysterlock safety clasp made out of the gold matching each case version. This timepiece meets the new Superlative Chronometer certification by Rolex, which guarantees a -2/+2 seconds a day count and a 5 year warranty.

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(Ref#: 116518LN) – 18k Yellow gold

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(Ref#: 116519LN) – 18k White gold

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(Ref#: 116515LN) – 18k Everose gold

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Written by Mauro Az