Arguably the most important new Rolex release from Watches and Wonders is the latest generation of the Cosmograph Daytona. Right in time for its 60th anniversary, this iconic chronograph revs up with a new motor. Under the hood ticks the new Caliber 4131, an evolution of the brand’s in-house Cal. 4130 that first debuted in 2000.
The new movement incorporates Rolex’s Chronergy escapement for greater efficiency, Paraflex shock absorbers for superior impact resistance, and an optimized ball bearing mechanism for the rotor, which is partially skeletonized. The self-winding movement runs at a frequency of 28,800vph (4 Hz) and offers a power reserve of approximately 72 hours. As is de rigueur for the Swiss watch giant, the caliber 4131 is certified as a Superlative Chronometer with a precision rate of -2/+2 seconds per day.
Not only did Rolex revamp the Daytona’s engine, however, but the brand also brought some subtle updates to the coveted watch’s dial and case. For example, the luminescent chromalight indexes are now slimmer than before, and the case itself features an exhibition caseback.
There are five different executions of the new Daytona: platinum, Oystersteel with a black or white dial, Rolesor, yellow gold, and Everose gold. The platinum edition also has an exhibition case back, a special inclusion which showcases the new caliber. Also in this version, the movement sports a yellow gold oscillating weight.
Meanwhile, the diameter of the Cosmograph Daytona remains at 40mm and it continues to be pressure resistant up to ten bar. The watches are all fitted with a coordinated Oyster bracelet including the Easylink 5mm extension link, except for the yellow gold model which boasts an Oysterflex strap.
Retail prices for the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona are marked at $42,500 for the Everose gold execution, $30,600 for the yellow gold variant, $19,500 for the two-tone Oystersteel and yellow gold edition, and $15,100 for the Oystersteel execution. Pricing for the platinum version is available upon request.
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When is the next trip, hopefully to Zurich?