The Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona is a watch with a long and veritable history. Coming from the crown itself, is probably a good starting point. But, here is a watch that has been carving its own destiny for more than 50 years. Rolex is one of the best-known brands that has an inseparable link with the world of car racing. The Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona sums up this association.
A motorsport icon in its own right
But, let’s go down in history for a bit of a background. Hans Wilsdorf founded Rolex in 1905. Around the same time, the German and American automobile industries were on the rise. Thus, began a parallel that would merge fine automobiles and fine watches and forge new relationships. The pinnacle of this association is summed up in the Rolex Daytona. It calls for an exploration of the past by tracing the story of a timepiece, the Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona, which has now completed over 55 years and continues to rule the tracks! The proven track record of more than half a century has beyond doubt made the “Daytona” the most coveted chronograph in the world, and a motorsport icon in its own right.
Over the years, Rolex has introduced many new versions of the watch. With each evolution of Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona, one can be sure of a blend of high technology and sleek aesthetics, that pay tribute to the heritage of this legendary chronograph!
The name of the model comes from the city of Daytona, Florida. This city is also a legend in itself. Motor racing has been taking place on its beach since 1903 and many world land speed records have been broken here. Today, Daytona is considered in the United States to be the “World Center of Automobile Racing”. The creation of the Daytona International Speedway in 1959 heralded new high standards for racing tracks. This innovative approach brought about the “Rolex 24 at Daytona”, earlier known as “24 hours of Daytona”, the 24-hour car endurance race, a yearly event. The first edition of this race, under the name of “Daytona Continental”, took place in 1962, a year before the launch of the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona. Thus, the race and the watch were practically contemporaries with their destinies inextricably linked.
After the 2019 rainbow inspired bezel, this year, Rolex had another unique take on the celebrated racing chronograph. A precious, mysterious and sparkling 18 ct yellow gold version of the iconic Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona.
Although I absolutely loved this iced out version of the Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona, I have to say that it is an acquired taste. You either love it or you don’t. Well, I love it. The paved black lacquer dial contrasts beautifully with the champagne-colour chronograph counters intertwined with black lacquer and diamonds. The emblematic tachymetric scale is now replaced with 36 trapeze-cut diamonds. And that’s not it. The hour markers of this Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona are in the form of eight diamonds that are in 18 ct yellow gold settings. The Arabic numerals 15, 30 and 45, are also in 18 ct yellow gold, set at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock respectively. Moving on from the aesthetics of this beauty, with that iconic Oyster case, the Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona is guaranteed waterproof to a depth of 100 meters (330 feet), Like all Rolex watches, the new Cosmograph Daytona carries the Superlative Chronometer certification, which ensures excellent performance on the wrist.
The Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona may have completed over 55 years, but it still rules the tracks. The story of this watch speaks of interwoven destinies! Let’s just say that the reliable and precise Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona that was born to race, now gets a sparkling update.