Lets get talking about , not only South Africa’s but the World’s most talked about watch at the moment , the new 2016 Rolex Cosmograph Daytona.
First introduced in 1963 , the Cosmograph Daytona was named after the famous Daytona Race in Florida . Designed for race car enthusiasts and created to meet the demands of professional racing drivers , Rolex created a timepiece which allowed car a speed fanatics to measure average speeds up to 400 kilometres per hour.
It was years later (1988 to be exact) which was the breakthrough year when Rolex created its new Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona , it featured a new movement which they had adopted based on the famous Zenith El Primero 400 calibre movement .
Over the years the Daytona had a few minor cosmetic changes and most importantly a new in-house movement. But it was now in 2016 when Rolex have answered the call of watch enthusiasts , and have given the stainless steel Daytona its long awaited facelift . Whilst keeping up to style with its younger relatives , the GMT Master II and Submariner which both feature ceramic bezels , the new Daytona (ref 116500LN) which is available in either a white or black dial, still holds DNA of its predecessor , and pays a subtle tribute to the 1965 “Paul Newman” Daytona, which had a plexiglass black bezel and “Panda” dial and subdials.
While the new “Cerachrom bezel ” (an incredibly scratch proof metal developed by Rolex) has stolen the spot light , theres more beneath the surface. The watch is powered by Rolex’s modern Calibre 4130 automatic in-house chronograph movement which now incorporates far fewer components in the chronograph function than before , therefore increasing reliability and is accurate to within 1/8th of a second . Rolex have also added their patent “Parachrom” hairspring to this chronograph movement which offers greater stability to shock and temperature variations.
Minus the beefed up movement and Cerachrom bezel ,Rolex have stuck to its winning combination and kept everything else pretty much the same . The watch still features its 40mm 904L Steel casing , its famous Oyster bracelet , screw down chronograph pushers and pressure tested to 100 meters diving depth . After-all , a Daytona is timeless , and besides how much can you really change in one of the most collectable watches of the last 50 years?
Now that I’ve tickled your taste buds , got you to save your nearest retailer on speed dial and possibly cancelled your family vacation (which could result in a good few weeks calling the sofa your new bed ) , the BIG question is, “How easy is it to get the new Daytona?”
Well lets just say. . . .
That with reports of there being a waiting list of between 2- 3 years for these babies , unless you know a friend who knows a friend or you Chuck Norris, if your name is not already on the waiting list , you not getting one anytime soon.