172 Tiny Tweaks
Sometimes, incremental changes are all that are needed to make a classic an even greater success
Sometimes, incremental changes are all that are needed to make a classic even greater
IN HIGH GEAR
Rolex delivers the fifth iteration of its well-loved Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona, with a Cerachrom bezel this time
Florida’s Daytona Beach has seen motor racing since 1903. This was where the land speed record was broken several times, including one at 445km/h, set in 1935 by Sir Malcolm Campbell while wearing a Rolex Oyster watch. When the manufacture introduced its chronograph in 1963, it was with motorsports in mind, hence the name Cosmograph Daytona. An improved version followed two years later with the regular pushers replaced by screw-down ones to prevent accidental activation and to improve water resistance. The new version also had its tachymeter scale rendered in black.
No major revamp was introduced until 1988 when the Daytona was upsized from 36mm to 40mm and equipped with a self-winding movement. These aesthetics were maintained when the watch’s movement was later changed to the in-house Calibre 4130. Reliability was improved with 60 per cent fewer parts, and the watch’s running time was extended to 72 hours with the new movement’s larger mainspring. Calibre 4130 also had a Parachrom hairspring, made of a niobium, zirconium, and oxygen alloy, which promised enhanced precision with its greater resistance to magnetic fields, temperature variations, and small shocks.
For its fifth (and highly anticipated) major upgrade, the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona retains its 40 mm case size and movement, but now comes with a black ceramic bezel reminiscent of the 1965 model. The new bezel is made of scratchresistant Cerachrom instead of the original’s simple Plexiglas. A subtle but important technical detail to note is the platinum coating on the tachymeter scale engravings, which is a perfect match to the white gold hour markers and hands.
Buyers can choose between the white lacquer dial model with black snailed counters, and the black lacquer dial model with grey snailed counters. Either way, with Rolex’s in-house Superlative Chronometer certification, the watch is guaranteed to deliver an accuracy of -2/+2 seconds per day. It comes with a five-year warranty. MOVEMENT Self-winding Rolex Calibre 4130 chronograph movement with 72-hour power reserve
CASE 40mm in steel, water resistant to 100m STRAP Steel Oyster with steel Oysterlock deployant buckle PRICE Unavailable