Rolex has undoubtedly exceeded the expectations of most collectors and enthusiasts of the brand this year with the release of the new Daytona. However, one piece that we have yet to thoroughly examine is the Platinum Daytona. Although not the only precious metal Daytona released this year, what sets it apart is that it is one of only two Daytonas this year to feature an exhibition case back—a first for Rolex. During our meeting with the brand, they unveiled three new Daytona models, all showcasing the Cerachrom bezel, except for the Everose gold model.
So, what has changed in comparison to the old reference 116506? It still retains the chestnut brown Cerachrom tachymeter bezel, but there are a couple of subtle changes that may go unnoticed by some. Upon close inspection, you’ll notice the bezel is now enclosed by a platinum ring on this model, reminiscent of the 6263 and 6240 designs. Additionally, when looking at the ice-blue dial, you’ll observe the hour markers have become slender and pointed, resembling a design seen on the “Zenith” Daytonas. Another minor detail that might go unnoticed is the coronet flanked by the text “Swiss Made.” This is there to denote the use of an upgraded movement.
The monobloc Cerachrom bezel offers several advantages: it is corrosion-resistant, virtually scratchproof, and the colour remains unaffected by UV rays—resulting in zero patina. This highly durable bezel also enhances legibility for the tachymetric scale, thanks to a thin layer of platinum in the numerals and graduations via a PVD process. The monobloc Cerachrom bezel is crafted in a single piece, securely holding the crystal in place on the middle case, ensuring Oyster-tight waterproofness.
As with previous models, the case measures 40mm in diameter. Though it feels a bit thicker, it adheres to the familiar design with screw-down push pieces made of platinum, ensuring Oyster-tight waterproofness. It comes with the standard Oyster bracelet, which incorporates a clever 5mm comfort extension link. Inside, you’ll find the new calibre 4131 automatic chronograph movement, now featuring a solid gold rotor for viewing purposes.
The new-generation Cosmograph Daytona is powered by calibre 4131, a chronograph movement unveiled this year, entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex. A culmination of advanced technology, this self-winding mechanical movement offers exceptional performance in terms of precision, power reserve, convenience, and reliability. It incorporates a chronograph function with a reduced number of components, thus enhancing the movement’s reliability. Engaged by a robust mechanism with a column wheel and vertical clutch, it allows for an instantaneous and extremely precise start. The bridges of calibre 4131 feature a Rolex Côtes de Genève decoration, with a slight polished groove between each band, setting it apart from the traditional Côtes de Genève.
Calibre 4131 introduces the patented Chronergy escapement, combining high energy efficiency with outstanding dependability. Made of nickel-phosphorus, this escapement is resistant to strong magnetic fields. The movement is equipped with a blue Parachrom hairspring, manufactured by Rolex in a paramagnetic alloy, offering exceptional stability in the face of temperature variations and high resistance to shocks. It also features a Rolex overcoil, ensuring the calibre’s regularity in any position. The oscillator is mounted on the Rolex-designed, patented high-performance Paraflex shock absorbers, further enhancing the movement’s shock resistance. The oscillating weight is fitted with an optimized ball bearing. Calibre 4131 incorporates a self-winding system via a Perpetual rotor. Thanks to its barrel architecture and the escapement’s superior efficiency, the power reserve of calibre 4131 extends to approximately 72 hours, making it weekend-proof.
The new Platinum Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 126506 is priced at £65,500, inclusive of VAT. More information is available on rolex.com.