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Introducing The New 2023 Rolex Daytona Collection
To celebrate its iconic chronograph’s 60th anniversary, the crown-logoed brand unveiled a novel version of its sporty model boasting a caliber that’s evermore efficient: the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 2023
An iconic watch, the Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona has established itself well beyond the racing circuits with its iconic aesthetics and superlative performance.
On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the model, Rolex perpetuates the myth of its chronograph by revisiting the entire range. High-precision work, which focuses as much on the dressing as on the movement. Many changes and developments that remind us that the pursuit of excellence is a race that knows no end.
The Redesigned 2023 Rolex Daytona
We’d be putting it mildly if we said that Rolex announcements during Watches & Wonders Geneva 2023 were awaited on like the coming of the proverbial Messiah.
This year, the manufacture met aficionados’ expectations by center staging a shrewd upgrade of its Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona. Its revamped 40 mm-diameter case, waterproof to depths of 100 meters, features the archetypal three-counter dial.
The tapered hour and minute hands hovering above point to shorter indexes. Time data reading is just as exemplary as ever. These functions are still fringed by a bezel crafted in ceramic or decorated with a tachymetric scale, based on the version.
The Tachymeter Scale
A key element of the model’s identity, its bezel molded with a tachymeter scale allows to measure an average speed up to 400 kilometers per hour. Combining high technology and sleek aesthetics, the black bezel is reminiscent of the 1965 model with a black Plexiglas disc.
The Cerachrom monobloc high-tech ceramic bezel offers many advantages: it is corrosion resistant, practically scratchproof and its color does not fade under the effect of the sun’s ultraviolet rays. T
his bezel, which has an exceptional lifespan, is also equipped with a tachymeter scale that is perfectly legible thanks to the deposition of a thin layer of platinum on the numerals and graduations using a PVD (Physical Vapour Deposition) process. The one-piece Cerachrom bezel ensures that the crystal is held in place and watertight on the case middle.
This model has a white dial with azure counters, applied hour markers and gold hands with Chromalight display, a highly legible luminescent material. The central seconds hand measures time to the nearest 1/8th of a second, while the two counters on the dial measure time in hours and minutes. Drivers can accurately view their race times and determine the best tactics for victory.
Rolex uses Oystersteel steel to manufacture many of the components of its watches. Specially developed by the brand, Oystersteel belongs to the 904L family of steels, alloys mainly used in the high-tech, aerospace and chemical sectors, where maximum corrosion resistance is required. Oystersteel is extremely durable, provides a high quality finish after polishing and retains its beauty even in the most hostile environments.
The Movement and Design
And for the first time, the 950 platinum version hosts a sapphire-crystal caseback inviting watch owners to discover the openworked 18-karat yellow gold oscillating weight of the column-wheel 4131 caliber. This now wonderfully-visible selfwinding movement is set off with meticulous adornments. Its bridges are embellished with special Côtes de Genève enhanced with delicately-polished grooves. This high-performance device (72 hours of power reserve) stands out with Rolex’s latest innovations including the non-magnetic Parachrom hairspring and shock absorbers.
Certification and Variations
Like in previous models, all the steel and precious metal (Everose gold, yellow gold and platinum) Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona references have been granted Superlative Chronometer certification. All that’s needed to give a legend a new lease of life!
The Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 2023 in a nutshell
The Rolex Cosmograph Daytona now has a new movement, the caliber 4131, which replaces the caliber 4130. This new movement, unveiled in 2023, is entirely designed by Rolex. It includes several of the brand’s major innovations, such as the Chronergy escapement, Paraflex shock absorber and improved ball bearing. These technical features ensure that the watch’s movement operates optimally and with maximum energy efficiency.
In addition, the design of the caliber 4131 is different from traditional Rolex designs. It has an openworked oscillating weight and an exclusive Côtes de Genève Rolex decoration, which is a new interpretation of the traditional Swiss watch decoration. These elements give the watch a unique look.
Discover the new Cosmograph Daytona 2023 in this unboxing video