Last March was a month focused on new beginnings and celebrations or, simply put, the natural result of a newly devised strategy; the kick off of the Formula 1 championship, Baselworld 2016 and the new Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona 2016 .
When I use the term “ revamping ”, I am not implying that the current Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona was outdated but I am simply saying that the most famous steel-made chronograph in the world had fiercely resisted some innovations that have been otherwise affecting the Submariner collection and, partially, the Daytona too since the year 2005. In particular, I am referring to the Cerachrom – made bezel, a Rolex – patented technology that makes use of polished ceramic to craft the bezels of sport watch replica es replica, diver’s watch replica es replica and chronographs alike.
Keeping in mind that, usually, Rolex don’t release any novelty outside the Watch and Jewerly Show event – leaving aside special occasions and projects like the DeepSea Challenge – it looks to me that the 2013-signed partnership between the manufacturer and the company managed by Bernie Ecclestone and the beginning of the advertisement campaign featuring the Daytona as its main character were aiming at creating some expectations for the arrival of the only collection that Rolex hadn’t revamped yet; the steel-made Daytona .
This change represents a milestone in the history of the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona because, 53 years after the first model that kicked off the long success of this timepiece, the tachometric scale that was originally featuring a full scale of 300 miles per hour or 300 kilometers per hour is now made of a platinum powder and is deposited on a ceramic disc like on the Everose – made versions and on the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona Platinum , the last Daytona that was released in 2013 (to celebrate its 50 th anniversary).
Many other manufacturers have tried to mock these proportions without ever being able to attain the same result, but I have nevertheless always thought that, from a stylistic and visual point of view, the tachometric scale on a chronograph should be separated from the case and should appear on a black-colour bezel instead. These considerations are probably my own personal preferences only but they should be a rule when it comes to chronographs, not only for Rolex ones.
If you observe the reference with the white dial, the ceramic-made bezel and the black rings around the chrono registers, you will immediately link it to a reference 6242 or, even better, to reference 6263 . When it comes to Rolex watch replica es replica, however, this rule can’t be possibly applied as their collections are the result of continuous evolutions, faithfully re-editing past models is definitely not in the manufacturer’s culture and that’s why they simply tend to re-interpret them in a more modern style. Timepieces are not being completely revolutionized but their original spirit is constantly being fuelled with a new and modern content in small doses so that the brand’s collectors aren’t being destabilized and new fans are being attracted at the same time.
The new Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona 2016 is equipped with the same 4130 caliber as the model that it is actually replacing. This was Rolex ’s very first in-house built caliber that was launched in 2000 and that has brought along quite a lot of improvements if compared to the 4030 caliber. Among these improvement is a 60% reduction of the components used for the chronograph’s mechanism that has been reached through the integration of the chrono hours and minutes mechanisms into a single module and through the designing of a general lay-out that increases the reliability of operations and regulations while simplifying them. The power reserve has been enhanced also and has moved from 50 hours to 72 hours .
Some of the models’ retail value, like those featuring the so-called “ Paul Newman ” dial, has steadily increased over time and, unfortunately, many collectors buy them as a simple form of investment without ever wearing these beautiful timepieces. Rather than looking for like-for-like comparisons between this new watch replica and its previous versions, I find it much more interesting to focus on what has actually changed on the new Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona 2016 if we compare it to the current steel-made version.
Despite being good friends with two mates who can boast interesting Rolex collections and who are constantly talking about them, I have never been a big fan of the Daytona , so this new version really represents a dramatic change for me. One can’t obviously deny the excellent symmetry of the dial and the perfect proportions between the dial, the bezel, the lugs and the profile of the case middle.
Unlike many other chronographs, there is no gap between the case, the bezel, the sapphire glass crystal and the bracelet, it almost looks as if the bezel were inserted inside the case and this type of design solution makes us experience what I call the “ little lump of gold ” effect, a perception of sporty luxury that, even on the steel-made version, makes this timepiece glisten in a special way. Part of this result is also due to the characteristics of the 904L .
Had I been asked to place a Daytona with its current design on a wish list a few years ago, I would have inserted it after a Deepsea or a GMT Master II , but this year, the new Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona 2016 was the first Rolex timepiece that I actually took into consideration when I first entered the Rolex press room although, among the novelties, the new Air-King was the timepiece that caught my attention too. I wish I could compare the new Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona 2016 to the current steel-made model, so that I could help you (myself included) to analyze the differences between the two versions.
That special Cerachrom – made disc takes away an ounce of classicism and adds in an ounce of sporting soul while giving this timepiece a scratch-resistance that is second to none by toning down the excessively classic look of the watch replica and making the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona 2016 a more masculine and sport-like timepiece. Since 1988 Rolex have opted for a non-flat bezel that is not lying on a different level but is actually positioned on an inclined surface, a smart solution that has increased the room dedicated to the tachometric scale, thus making it more readable and creating a feeling of continuity between the protruding sapphire glass crystal and the case.
Like all the other Oyster Perpetual timepieces, the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona 2016 boasts a Rolex – declared precision of +/-2 seconds per day, the first response to the Master Chronometer certification while awaiting Rolex ’s launch of a new standard in the coming future that will force all of their competitors to follow suit. Both versions of the new Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona 2016 retail at 11,500 euro.