Blue Monday: The New Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona reference 126506

This text was first printed on Problem #69 of World of Watches.

Once we first noticed the brand new Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona at Watches and Wonders Geneva earlier this yr, we thought it was the standout from the assortment at Rolex. That successfully means it could be one of many world’s most talked about watches this yr. When you scan simply the pages of our summer time concern for World of Watches, you would possibly start to assume that this can be true. To make an extended story brief, it isn’t — whereas the 60th anniversary of the world’s most necessary chronograph sees the watch on the rostrum, the feedback sections on the Web are very eager on two vibrant stablemates.

The world has been right here earlier than, on the event of the fiftieth anniversary of the Cosmograph Daytona. The particular platinum model of the 2013 chronograph finally proved to be very influential. Bear that in thoughts when wanting on the 2023 model with its outstanding exhibition caseback (a primary for the gathering). The platinum mannequin, reference 126506, is primarily a reference to the 2013 mannequin, additionally as a result of the aforementioned exhibition caseback permits us to speak straight concerning the new calibre 4131. This new calibre options the Rolex Chronergy escapement and different small enhancements (reportedly to the self-winding system) however the official specs stay unchanged.

To start with, the watch retains all its signature options and doesn’t see the introduction of a date mechanism or something drastic like that. There may be nonetheless sufficient that’s totally different about this new reference, a few of that are shocking. House is actually one space we will get into, as a result of though the printed specs stay 40mm, the watch feels bigger. The brand new assortment does play with areas in all places, together with the subdials whose tracks at the moment are noticeably slimmer. The case itself is slimmer than the outgoing mannequin, however the specs say nothing about this.

caseback of Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona reference 126506

It needs to be famous that the visible and tactile adjustments will solely be apparent to individuals who have worn and dealt with the newest reference and the outgoing one. You probably have expertise with extra variations of this storied chronograph, you should have a deeper appreciation for the evolutionary journey of the Daytona even if you happen to do have a favorite set of options. If you’re completely new to the Daytona, then this is not going to matter in any respect. In truth, issues will probably be clearer in some methods as a result of Rolex is shifting in direction of standardising components of the Daytona, together with the form of the lugs (now symmetrical in all variations).

The bezel ring, an instantly recognisable change for 2023, can also be constant all through the vary of 5 present mannequin references. This ring is in the identical materials because the case, though fashions with treasured steel bezels will clearly not have this function. The place it’s deployed, the bezel stays fully in Cerachrom, not as an insert — it has simply gotten a body now, presumably for protecting causes however that is merely hypothesis on our half.

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