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the daytona The Cosmograph Daytona, introduced in 1963, was designed to meet the demands of professional race-car drivers and quickly earned its iconic status. With its patented chronograph mechanism and bezel with tachymetric scale, it allows drivers to perfectly measure elapsed circuit time and calculate average speed. The Cosmograph Daytona is presented here in white gold.

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tom kristensen Winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Eight times. Winner of the 12 Hours of Sebring. Five times. The dominant force in endurance racing. The harder the track, the greater his will to conquer it.

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the spirit of the daytona

sir jackie stewart

Goodwood 1964. Team bosses are amazed as a young Scot, testing an F3 Cooper for the very first time, beats lap time after lap time set by a leading Formula 1 driver. So begins the career of John Young “Jackie” Stewart. A career that brings 27 wins in 99 starts and three Formula 1 World Championships. In addition, he’s been a marksman, a team owner and a campaigner for dyslexia awareness. But possibly his greatest victory came from almost single-handedly revolutionising motor-sport safety. So, although Sir Jackie himself may have retired from racing, the mark he’s left remains as visible as ever.

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With a simple drop of the green flag, anticipation gives way to intense action. For a demanding 24 straight hours, drivers must endure competition from all walks of racing, unforgiving curves and a track only 20% illuminated at night. If for any second, endurance gives way to mental and physical exhaustion, the chance to triumph slips away as fast as a speeding opponent. Drivers who remain resolute and confident in the face of danger, however, will go further than they ever have before.

the 24 hours of le mans

sir malcolm campbell

Engines roar and roads blur beneath. Jaws tighten. Then relax. Concentration remains in overdrive. Strapped in by a seat belt, but there by courage. Daylight fades and night shocks the senses. All the while, the heart is resolute. Endure.

As early as the 1930s, Rolex was already producing its first chronographs. In 1935, while automobile technology was still in its early stages, British daredevil Sir Malcolm Campbell, with a Rolex on his wrist, set the world land speed record and entered history by exceeding 300 miles (484 kilometres) per hour in his famous “Bluebird”. An extraordinary achievement for the times!

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the spirit of the daytona

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an obsession with perfection

tachymeter

The Daytona’s engraved bezel can be used as a tachymeter to calculate speed by measuring elapsed time over a pre-determined distance. The Cosmograph Daytona is therefore a perfect instrument for measuring speed of up to 400 units per hour whether expressed in kilometres or miles.

on-board instrumentation The Cosmograph Daytona was designed as the ultimate timing tool for drivers in endurance races. While the central sweep seconds hand allows an accurate reading of 1/8 second, the two counters at 9 and 3 o’clock respectively measure time in hour and minute increments, allowing the driver to map his course times accurately and determine how he must drive in order to achieve victory.

start. drive. stop.

At Rolex, form and function work together. Rolex engineers have applied the most advanced technologies to craft the perfect spring to activate the chronograph mechanism when finger pressure is exerted on the pushers. The result is not only reliable operation of the chronograph, but also a crisp, clear “click”, well-known by the wearers of this one-of-a-kind timepiece.

4130 chronograph movement

Inside the elegantly designed exterior, the Cosmograph Daytona is a masterpiece of watch making art. The 4130 chronograph calibre movement was conceived and assembled exclusively by Rolex in 2000 for the Cosmograph Daytona and incorporates just 290 components – far fewer than a standard chronograph – making it a much admired symphony of simplicity. It has a 72-hour power reserve (66 hours if the stopwatch is in use) and, inside, the blue Parachrom hairspring - made from a unique alloy impervious to magnetic fields - gives it up to 10 times more resistance to shocks than conventional hairsprings.

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an obsession with perfection

cosmograph daytona 40 mm Officially certified Swiss chronometer (COSC) Graduated tachymeter Waterproof to 100 m/330 feet Self-winding movement Oyster bracelet

STEEL

STEEL AND YELLOW GOLD

YELLOW GOLD

White dial 116520

Steel dial 116523

Champagne dial 116528

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an obsession with perfection

cosmograph daytona 40 mm Officially certified Swiss chronometer (COSC) Graduated tachymeter Waterproof to 100 m/330 feet Self-winding movement Leather bracelet

WHITE GOLD

YELLOW GOLD

Slate dial 116519

White dial 116518

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an obsession with perfection

cosmograph daytona 40 mm Officially certified Swiss chronometer (COSC) Graduated tachymeter Waterproof to 100 m/330 feet Self-winding movement Oyster bracelet

WHITE GOLD

EVEROSE GOLD

Black dial 116509

Pink dial 116505

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an obsession with perfection

cosmograph daytona 40 mm Officially certified Swiss chronometer (COSC) Graduated tachymeter Waterproof to 100 m/330 feet Self-winding movement Leather bracelet

EVEROSE GOLD

EVEROSE GOLD

Chocolate dial 116515LN

Ivory-coloured dial 116515LN

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