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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
(Ref#: 116518LN) – 18k Yellow gold
(Ref#: 116519LN) – 18k White gold
(Ref#: 116515LN) – 18k Everose gold
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