Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Watch: 18 ct yellow gold

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Watch: 18 ct yellow gold
The Oyster Perpetual
COSMOGRAPH DAYTONA
Oyster, 40 mm, yellow gold
COSMOGRAPH DAYTONA
The Cosmograph Daytona, introduced in 1963, was designed to
meet the demands of professional racing drivers. With its highly
reliable chronograph and bezel with tachymetric scale, it allows
drivers to perfectly measure average speeds up to 400
kilometres or miles per hour, as they choose. An icon eternally
joined in name and function to the high-performance world of
motor sport.
Reference
116508
MODEL CASE
MOVEMENT
BRACELET
MODEL CASE
Oyster, 40 mm, yellow gold
MOVEMENT
Perpetual, mechanical chronograph, selfwinding
BRACELET
Oyster, flat three-piece links
OYSTER ARCHITECTURE
Monobloc middle case, screw-down case
back and winding crown
DIAMETER
40 mm
MATERIAL
18 ct yellow gold
BEZEL
Fixed, with engraved tachymetric scale, in 18
ct yellow gold
CALIBRE
4130, Manufacture Rolex
FUNCTIONS
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
OSCILLATOR
Paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring
WINDING CROWN
Screw-down, Triplock triple waterproofness
system
WINDING
Bidirectional self-winding via Perpetual rotor
CRYSTAL
Scratch-resistant sapphire
POWER RESERVE
Approximately 72 hours
WATER-RESISTANCE
Waterproof to 100 metres / 330 feet
PRECISION
-2/+2 sec/day, after casing
BRACELET MATERIAL
18 ct yellow gold
CLASP
Folding Oysterlock safety clasp with Easylink
5 mm comfort extension link
DIAL
DIAL
Black and champagne-colour
DETAILS
Dial with snailed small counters
CERTIFICATION
CERTIFICATION
Superlative Chronometer (COSC + Rolex
certification after casing)
The ultimate chronograph
THE COSMOGRAPH DAYTONA
The Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona is the consummate Rolex
chronograph. Efficient, precise, legible, robust, reliable, waterproof and
self‑winding, it is also comfortable, elegant, timeless and highly
prestigious. Judging by the success and outstanding reputation
worldwide of this peerless alchemy of form and function, it is considered
in many respects to be the ultimate chronograph. Fifty years after its
launch in 1963, this embodiment of perfection is the product of a long
maturation process. Each inscription on the dial of a Rolex watch is a
guarantee of performance; on this emblematic model, they were added
one by one as the watch evolved. Solely “Cosmograph” at the outset, over
the years “Oyster”, “Perpetual”, “Cosmograph”, “Daytona” and
“Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified” were added, chronicling a
legend in watchmaking.
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1963
COSMOGRAPH, THE
CHRONOGRAPH OF THE
FUTURE
In 1963, Rolex launched a new-generation chronograph, the Cosmograph,
dedicated to racing drivers. The singular name invented by Rolex
immediately marked it out as a very different new model with an equally
innovative style. The chronograph counters stood out clearly on the dial
thanks to their strongly contrasting colour: black on a light coloured dial or
light coloured on a black dial. The tachymetric scale – a graduation
allowing the measurement of average speeds over a given distance using
the chronograph seconds hand – was moved from the dial to the
circumference of the bezel, opening up and simplifying the dial. Dictated
by functional considerations, as is usually the case at Rolex, these
features made the chronograph functions far more legible – one of the
challenges of the time. They also gave the watch a technical and sporty
look making it instantly recognizable. The Cosmograph clearly deserved
its place among the Professional watches, a category created by Rolex 10
years previously, in 1953, with models such as the explorer dedicated to
explorers and mountaineers, or the Submariner specially designed for
deep-sea diving.
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1965
BLACK BEZEL AND
SCREW-DOWN PUSHERS
The Cosmograph evolved in 1965 with the launch of a version that
introduced screw-down chronograph pushers instead of the pump
pushers found on the original model. The screw-down pushers brought
the finishing touch to the Oyster concept, and prevented the pushers from
being manipulated accidentally. In testimony to its reinforced
waterproofness, the name “Oyster” was inscribed on all the dials in
addition to “Cosmograph”. Another new feature came in the form of a
black Plexiglas insert for the tachymetric bezel. The white graduation
increased legibility yet again.
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1988
SELF-WINDING MOVEMENT
AND SUPERLATIVE
CHRONOMETER
With the arrival of quartz movements in the 1960s–1970s, Rolex
nevertheless remained faithful to the mechanical watch and to the
Cosmograph Daytona, preparing its future evolution. In 1988, the Daytona
became self‑winding. The brand opted for a quality, commercially
available chronograph movement, which it then significantly modified to
meet its own requirements, replacing more than 50 per cent of the
components with parts specifically designed for Rolex Daytona
movements.
The resulting new calibre 4030 included, among other features, a Rolex
“heart” – an oscillator with a variable inertia balance wheel, Microstella
regulating nuts and a hairspring with a Breguet overcoil – as well as a
self‑winding module with a Perpetual rotor invented by the brand in 1931.
The movement was systematically submitted for official certification to
receive the designation of chronometer, attesting to its superior precision.
All versions of the new model featured the phrase “Superlative
Chronometer Officially Certified” on their dial as well as “Oyster Perpetual
Cosmograph Daytona”.
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2000
A NEW CHRONOGRAPH
STANDARD
As a backdrop to the launch of an entirely new interpretation of the
Cosmograph Daytona, it is difficult to imagine a more symbolic event than
that of entering a new millennium. Introduced by Rolex in the year 2000,
this new model – like the first Cosmograph in its time – embodied the
chronograph of the future.
Its aesthetics remained deliberately faithful to the codes of the 1988
Cosmograph Daytona, perfecting the iconic and distinctive design of the
original, and its subtly sculpted strong lines and balanced ergonomics. In
1963 the Rolex chronograph had innovated with radically new aesthetics
that enhanced the legibility of its functions. However, the innovations in the
Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona for the new millennium essentially
lie inside the case.
This model has a new-generation self-winding chronograph movement –
calibre 4130 – specially designed for the Cosmograph Daytona and
entirely manufactured in-house. A masterpiece of engineering and
micromechanics, replete with innovative and patented technical solutions,
this high-performance movement has set a new standard for luxury selfwinding chronographs in terms of robustness, reliability, efficiency and
precision, as well as for ease of maintenance.
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2013
DAYTONA MEETS PLATINUM
Fifty years after its creation, the Cosmograph Daytona remains in a class
of its own among sport chronographs and continues to evolve. It is the first
Oyster model in the Professional range to be offered in platinum, the
noblest of precious metals, fitted for the occasion with an ice blue dial,
exclusive to Rolex platinum models. It is also equipped with a spectacular
monobloc Cerachrom bezel, an exclusive Rolex innovation with
exceptional resistance properties and incomparable aesthetics.
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2016
NEW MONOBLOC
CERACHROM BEZEL
The new monobloc Cerachrom bezel in high-tech ceramic offers a number
of advantages: it is corrosion resistant, virtually scratchproof and the
colour is unaffected by UV rays. This extremely durable bezel also offers
an exceptionally legible tachymetric scale, thanks to the deposition of a
thin layer of platinum in the numerals and graduation via a PVD (Physical
Vapour Deposition) process. The monobloc Cerachrom bezel is made in a
single piece and holds the crystal firmly in place on the middle case,
ensuring waterproofness.
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Rolex and motor sports
THE PLACE
The city of Daytona, Florida has gone down in history as the world capital of speed. Motor racing
has been taking place on its beach since 1903 and many world land speed records have been
broken there, the most significant culminating at 276 mph (445 km/h) in 1935.Today, Daytona is
considered in the United States to be the “world centre of automobile racing”. From its
headquarters in Daytona, the International Speedway Corporation oversees 13 American race
tracks including the legendary Daytona International Speedway, which was at its origin. Daytona
also hosts the governing bodies of NASCAR and GRAND-AM.
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The races on the beach were extremely
spectacular and were followed by
hundreds of spectators.
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1903 - 1935
THE KINGS OF SPEED
From 1903 to 1935, the hard-packed sand beach in Daytona, Florida
became famous worldwide as the perfect place to beat speed records.
No fewer than 80 official records were set there, 14 of which were for the
fastest speed in the world. Piquing interest around the world, such motor
sport exploits soon led to Daytona being known as the world capital of
speed. The tightly run races culminated in March 1935 with a world land
speed record of 276 mph (445 km/h) set by British driver Malcolm
Campbell in his famous Bluebird. He went on to break the 300 mph
(482 km/h) barrier a few months later, but on the Bonneville Salt Flats in
Utah. Since the early 1930s, the man who would go down in history as the
king of speed had been wearing a Rolex Oyster. Thus, the first Rolex
Testimonee in motor sport was already closely tied to Daytona.
Record-setting cars at Daytona: Ray Keech’s green Triplex (1928), Henry
Segrave’s red Sunbeam Mystery S (1927) and golden arrow (1929), as
well as Malcolm Campbell’s 1932 and 1935 Bluebird models, in which he
set a number of speed records. Malcolm Campbell in his 1935 Bluebird.
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1936 - 1959
A SAND TRACK UNIQUE IN
THE WORLD
The beach in Daytona did not end its romance with motor sport after the
attempts to set land speed records moved to Utah. As of 1936, races that
were unique in the world were held there, allowing Daytona to maintain its
status in automobile racing. Soon came the golden age of stock car races
on an oval track. Half of it was on the beach and half on a narrow road
parallel to the ocean. From 1937, this unlikely race track also attracted the
200-mile American motorcycle championship, which became a classic
under the name Daytona 200. The races on the beach were extremely
spectacular and followed by hundreds of spectators. Soon wooden
grandstands were erected alongside the turns on the sand where some
competitors became bogged down, when they did not end up in the
ocean.
The mid-1950s saw the launch of an ambitious construction project for a
permanent, hard-surface race track for the speed races: the Daytona
International Speedway.
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1959 - 2013
A TEMPLE OF MOTOR RACING
When it was inaugurated in 1959, the Daytona International Speedway
was the fastest racing circuit in the United States, and one of the first
Super Speedways in the world. Its unusual design is all about speed with
31‑degree banking in the turns, more than 10 metres high at its tallest
point. The high banking allows cars to approach the turns at great speed
without skidding off the track due to centrifugal force, and offers
spectators a good view of the race from any seat in the grandstands.
It includes a road racing course on the in-field of the giant speedway to
host sports car races, combining a classic track and a unique oval with
banked turns.
This innovative approach brought about the race that would become the
Rolex 24 At Daytona, one of the most prestigious endurance races in the
world. The first edition took place in 1962, just one year before the launch
of the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona. Rolex became Official Timepiece of
the Daytona International Speedway, and, to emphasize the brand’s
connection to the American race track, Rolex gave its new model the
name Cosmograph Daytona.
The Rolex 24 At Daytona, commonly known as “The Rolex”, marks the
opening of the international motor sport season. The race tests the
ultimate limits of man and machine for a complete 24-hour cycle.
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4130
A CASE OF SUPERLATIVES
The Cosmograph Daytona’s 4130 chronograph movement, entirely
designed and manufactured by Rolex, is a distillation of the brand’s
innovations and know-how. With its performance, precision and reliability,
this marvel of technology has set a new standard for self-winding
chronographs.
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4130
VERTICAL CLUTCH AND
INCREASED PRECISION
The Cosmograph Daytona is equipped with a new-generation self‑winding
chronograph movement – calibre 4130 – entirely designed and
manufactured in-house. Replete with innovative and patented technical
solutions, this high-performance movement has set a new standard for
luxury self-winding chronographs in terms of robustness, reliability,
efficiency and precision, as well as ease of maintenance.
Calibre 4130’s performance stems particularly from the use of a vertical –
instead of lateral – clutch to activate the chronograph. This new solution
functions on the principle of two discs, one above the other, which work
together by direct friction contact and offer significant advantages –
extremely precise starting and stopping of the perfectly smooth running
chronograph seconds hand as soon as the pusher is pressed; and the
capacity of the chronograph to function for long periods of time with no
negative impact on the precision of the watch.
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4130
VERTICAL CLUTCH AND
INCREASED PRECISION
With calibre 4130, Rolex engineers managed to reduce by 60 per cent the
number of components for the chronograph mechanism. They particularly
simplified the minute and hour counter systems – traditionally two distinct
mechanisms situated on each side of the movement – by integrating them
into a single module judiciously placed on one side of the movement with
an off-centre clutch. A patented solution which reduces from five to one
the number of adjustments by excentric screws required to regulate the
chronograph. It also saves space, making it possible to house a larger
mainspring and thereby extend the power reserve from 50 to 72 hours.
This mainspring, the energy source of the watch, can be replaced without
the whole movement having to be disassembled. Additionally, the
efficiency of the self-winding mechanism has been substantially
enhanced, notably with a system of new‑generation reversing wheels that
allow more efficient bidirectional winding.
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The oscillator, the strategic heart of the watch and guarantor of its
precision, also took advantage of telling innovations. A larger balance
wheel, equipped with the Rolex micrometric regulating system via
Microstella nuts, contributes to the movement’s precision. In keeping with
the architecture of Rolex calibres, it is held in place by a traversing
balance bridge, fixed at both sides to improve resistance to shocks and
vibrations. But one of the most spectacular developments introduced on
the oscillator of the new Cosmograph Daytona is the Parachrom
hairspring. Developed, patented and entirely manufactured by Rolex in an
alloy of niobium and zirconium, the Parachrom hairspring has exceptional
qualities that greatly increase the precision of the movement by
significantly enhancing its resistance to disturbances. It is also insensitive
to magnetic fields, extremely stable when exposed to temperature
variations and is unaffected by the thousands of small shocks a watch is
subjected to in daily wear, while remaining up to 10 times more precise
than a traditional hairspring.
With such a high-performing movement, the Cosmograph Daytona
deserves to be qualified as a “superlative chronograph”.
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Style of the Daytona
A CHRONOGRAPH MADE FOR
THE ROAD
With its state-of-the-art technology, evocative heritage and sporting aura,
the Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona swiftly became an iconic
watch. Its dial carries in red letters the name “Daytona” – the most famous
motor racing circuit in the United States.
Available in 904L steel, 18 ct gold, Rolesor and platinum versions with a
variety of dials, robust Oyster bracelets as well as elegant leather straps
both equipped with high security Oysterlock clasps.
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Function of the Daytona
START, DRIVE, STOP
At Rolex, form and function work in harmony. The Daytona’s chronograph
functions are activated by pushers that screw down like the winding crown
when they are not in use, guaranteeing waterproofness to 100 metres.
One press to start, stop or reset the chronograph produces a crisp, clear
click that was perfected using the most advanced technology.
Rolex watchmakers also perfected the mechanism to suit the ideal finger
pressure on the pushers, and engineered it to provide an instantaneous
and accurate start to the timing without sacrificing reliability.
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Function of the Daytona
ON-BOARD
INSTRUMENTATION
The Cosmograph Daytona was designed as a high-precision personal
timing tool for drivers in endurance races. Rolex resorted to pioneering yet
elegantly simple engineering, by incorporating fewer components than in
a standard chronograph and enhance reliability.
The central sweep seconds hand allows an accurate reading of 1/8
second, while the two counters on the dial display elapsed time in hours
and minutes. Drivers can accurately map out their track times and tactics
without fail: the Daytona is a watch for winners.
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Features
THE OYSTER CASE, SYMBOL
OF WATERPROOFNESS
The Cosmograph Daytona’s Oyster case, guaranteed waterproof to a
depth of 100 metres (330 feet), is a paragon of robustness, proportion and
elegance. Its characteristically shaped middle case is crafted from a solid
block of 904L steel. The fluted case back is hermetically screwed down
with a special tool that allows only Rolex watchmakers to access the
movement. The winding crown – fitted with the Triplock triple
waterproofness system – as well as the chronograph pushers screw down
securely against the case. Its crown guard is an integral part of the middle
case. The crystal is made of virtually scratchproof sapphire. The
waterproof Oyster case provides optimum protection for the Cosmograph
Daytona’s high-precision movement.
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Features
SUPERLATIVE
CHRONOMETER
CERTIFICATION
The Cosmograph Daytona is covered by the Superlative Chronometer
certification redefined by Rolex in 2015. This exclusive designation
testifies that the watch has successfully undergone a series of tests
conducted by Rolex in its own laboratories according to its own criteria,
which exceed watchmaking norms and standards. The certification
applies to the fully assembled watch, after casing the movement,
guaranteeing its superlative performance on the wrist in terms of
precision, power reserve, waterproofness and self-winding. The precision
of a Rolex Superlative Chronometer after casing is of the order of −2/+2
seconds per day, or more than twice that required of an official
chronometer. The Superlative Chronometer status is symbolized by the
green seal that comes with every Rolex watch and is coupled with an
international five-year guarantee.
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Features
SUPERLATIVE
CHRONOMETER
The green seal accompanying every Rolex watch is a symbol of its status
as a Superlative Chronometer. This exclusive designation attests that it
has successfully undergone a series of specific final controls by Rolex in
its own laboratories according to its own criteria, in addition to the official
COSC certification of its movement. This unique testing of the
chronometric precision of the cased-up movement, as well as of the
watch’s waterproofness, self-winding and power reserve, pushes back
the boundaries of performance and makes Rolex the benchmark for
excellence in mechanical watches. The green seal is coupled with a
five‑year guarantee which applies to all Rolex models.
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Where to buy a Rolex
THE OFFICIAL
ROLEX RETAILER
Only official Rolex retailers, distinguishable by this
official green plaque, are allowed to sell and maintain a
Rolex. With the necessary skills, technical know-how
and special equipment, they guarantee the authenticity
of each and every part of your Rolex, not to mention its
reliability over time, helping you make the choice that
will last a lifetime.
Find your retailer on rolex.com
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