Watchlab: Rolex Cosmograph Daytona

A new year brings yet another set of accomplishments for Rolex, as the brand presents a series of stunning dials that literally come from outer space

The Rolex Cosmograph Daytona is, essentially, an icon forever joined in name and function to the world of motor sport. More than 50 years after its creation, it still remains in a class of its own among sport chronographs. This year, the story of the Cosmograph Daytona continues as Rolex introduces three new versions of the watch in white, yellow and Everose gold. Most importantly, these new Cosmograph Daytona models feature special dials made of metallic meteorite, which is a rare natural material from outer space.

The new 18 ct white gold Cosmograph Daytona, in particular, features a monobloc Cerachrom bezel in black ceramic with a tachymetric scale. The molded, recessed graduations, numerals and inscriptions are coated with platinum via PVD (Physical Vapour Deposition). Beneath the dial, powering this stellar expression of speed and cosmic elegance is none other than the calibre 4130, a self-winding mechanical chronograph movement entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex.


The material which adorns the dial of the new Cosmograph Daytona, metallic meteorite, comes from an asteroid that exploded millions of years ago.


The Oysterflex bracelet singularly combines the robustness and reliability of a metal bracelet with the flexibility, comfort and aesthetics of an elastomer strap.