Let’s admit it, we all enjoyed the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona at Baselworld 2016. Even though it’s not really a completely new watch, it’s basically THE watch that every Rolex enthusiast has been awaiting for the last 5, or even 10, years. It will be very interesting to see how difficult it will be to get one in the next two to three years, and what the prices will look like (more than the list price? Double or triple?). My personal opinion: I really like the new Cerachrom bezel on the new Rolex Daytona 2016.
Notably, the Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona is one of Rolex’s most iconic racing-inspired chronograph watches. Its DNA is totally inspired by racing. However, what is most exciting is that the new Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona now comes in a new design with a bezel made of Cerachrom. We are now going to look at this watch, which comes in four absolutely amazing models, in more detail.
A Short Backtrack
In 1963, the Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona was created by Rolex as an answer to many people’s fascination with racing. Unique styles aside, the Daytona watch was conceived out of sheer passion for endurance and perfection with the champion in mind: After all, it is all about winning.
The watch itself has made extraordinary strides in motorsports thanks to its superior performance and most of all, its reliability. It is through this that the legendary Daytona Chronograph has become synonymous with Rolex for so many years.
Proprietary High-End Bezel
The new Daytona is equipped with a bezel engraved with a tachymetric scale used for measuring average speeds of up to 400 km/h – which is as fast as a Bugatti Veyron hypercar. That is very fast indeed, if only you could reach that speed.
The proprietary high-tech monobloc Cerachrom bezel on the Daytona sports a number of advantages that are mostly beneficial to racing. It is corrosion resistant and being ceramic, it is also technically scratch proof. Plus, the color will never change, making it always look pristine.
Rolex has released four new models of the Daytona since Baselworld 2016. The black Cerachrom bezel is exclusively available on the steel models with either a white or black dial. There is also a solid 18K yellow gold model with a green dial, and a solid 18K white gold model with a blue dial. The precious metal models don’t feature a ceramic bezel, but you wouldn’t spend that much on a ceramic bezel anyway.
Furthermore, the Daytona’s bracelet includes Rolex’s Oysterlock safety clasp, which prevents accidental opening – we all love this feature. There is also the patented Easylink quick-extension system that allows anyone to easily increase the bracelet length by approximately 5 mm without using any tools – really good when you are on the go.
We all like Rolex for its COSC certified chronometers: They are just so tough. For the new Daytona, Rolex decided to stuff their in-house caliber 4130, which is a self-winding column-wheel chronograph movement, with the coveted COSC certification. To the layman, this simply means it’s a watch of very superior quality. Such certification exists on other watches, but when it comes to Rolex, they really mean business.
Moreover, the movement also employs a vertical clutch which is getting a lot of rave reviews these days. There is also a bidirectional rotor on a ball bearing and an oscillator with a hairspring made of blue Parachrom, which is another of Rolex’s top secret materials sporting top-notch anti-magnetic properties. These features increase the Daytona’s reliability and, of course, its precision even under extreme conditions.
The Parachrom material composed of niobium, zirconium, and oxygen, and used for the hairsprings, allows the new Daytona watch to remain unbelievably stable and highly reliable in the midst of temperature variations and physical abuse such as when one is driving. Whether we’ll admit it or not, we have all experienced sticky situations where extreme shocks can take out the power of any watch.
The models of the 2016 Rolex Daytona are very nice, but they could have been even better if the same ceramic tech was incorporated in all models. The yellow gold with the green dial looks excellent and very sporty. Anyways, it doesn’t really matter if the precious metals don’t come with a ceramic bezel. They are all COSC certified and we all know what this cert means, especially coming from Rolex.