Rolex Cosmograph Daytona

New Watch! • 01 Jun 2016

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona

Why Rolex’s latest Cosmograph Daytona is the hottest release of the year.

At the largest annual watch fair, Baselworld, industry experts and collectors around the world gasped when the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona in stainless steel was relaunched. The orders flooded in and a waiting list started just hours after the release. This is a trade fair with 1,500 exhibited brands, where thousands of watches are released. How did a stainless steel chronograph watch with a ceramic bezel capture hearts and minds over all the other amazing timepieces released?

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This latest evolution of the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona, with a blend of high technology and sleek aesthetics, capture hearts and minds.

An accumulation of Rolex’s best
The newly released reference 116500 is an accumulation of the most sought after details that collectors look for in a vintage Daytona: the black bezel is reminiscent of the black Plexiglass bezel of the reference 6240, the red Daytona signature above the 6 o’clock subdial a homage to the reference 6263 (also known as the Paul Newman Daytona). This is a reminder to the heritage and history of the Daytona, the evolution of which is so subtle that the modern and vintage renditions are still visually similar.

Practical innovations
Rolex takes its time to ensure that new innovations are practical and that they contribute to the durability and functionality of the watch. After all, the brand is known for their tool watches. A Cerachrom bezel replaces the former metal bezel, a scratch-resistant ceramic invulnerable to UV light and salt water. All packaged into a neat 40mm case, which is eminently wearable for both men and women –the new Cosmograph Daytona is a watch made to be worn, used and enjoyed.

The quest to enhance accuracy
The Swiss brand is so confident that it has certified this model to be a Superlative Chronometer, which is a promise of higher accuracy, bringing the tolerance accuracy rate down to -2/+2 seconds per day. To put this in perspective, only 3% of the total Swiss production of watches are Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres (COSC) certified, and that certification has a standard tolerance accuracy rate of -4/+6. To add the icing on the cake, Rolex watches now carry a manufacture warranty of 5 years.

In the relaunch of the Cosmograph Daytona, Rolex has produced a new icon for years to come.


Model case
Oyster, 40 mm, steel

Oyster architecture
Monobloc middle case, screw-down case back and winding crown

40 mm

904L steel

Black monobloc Cerachrom bezel in ceramic with engraved tachymetric scale

Winding crown
Screw-down, Triplock triple waterproofness system

Scratch-resistant sapphire

Waterproof to 100 metres / 330 feet


Perpetual, mechanical chronograph, self-winding

4130, Manufacture Rolex

-2/+2 sec/day, after casing

Centre hour, minute and seconds hands, small seconds hand at 6 o’clock. Chronograph (centre hand) accurate to within 1/8 of a second, 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock and 12-hour counter at 9 o’clock. Stop seconds for precise time setting

Paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring

Bidirectional self-winding via Perpetual rotor

Power reserve
Approximately 72 hours


Oyster, flat three-piece links

Bracelet material
904L steel

Folding Oysterlock safety clasp with Easylink
5 mm comfort extension link



Highly legible Chromalight display with long-lasting blue luminescence


Superlative Chronometer (COSC + Rolex certification after casing)


If you’re interested in the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona, you can find more information by visiting us at any one of our boutiques, speaking with our Sales Consultant or simply click here.

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