The Rolex Cosmograph Daytona: A Watch Born to Race


The Cosmograph Daytona, introduced in 1963, was designed to meet the demands of professional racing drivers.
An icon eternally joined in name and function to the high‑performance world of motor sport.
Fifty years after its creation, the Cosmograph Daytona remains in a class of its own among sport chronographs.

Perfectly Mastered Symmetry

The Daytona’s design is an exercise in perfectly mastered symmetry. With its techymetric scale, its three counters and its pushers, the Daytona was designed to be the ideal instrument for measuring elapsed time and calculating average speeds on a perfectly legible display – while remaining the most elegant of Rolex’s sports watches.

The Cosmograph Daytona was designed as a high-precision personal timing tool for drivers and endurance races. The central sweep seconds hand allows an accurate reading of ⅛ second, while the two counters on the dial display elapsed time in hours and minutes. Thus, drivers can accurately map out their track times and tactics without fail.

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.

The Consummate Rolex Chronograph

The Cosmograph Daytona is equipped with calibre 4130, a self-winding mechanical chronograph movement entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex. It’s architecture, a composite of Rolex technology, was completely re-engineered; the number of components for the chronograph function was reduced significantly, thereby enhancing the movement’s reliability.

It also saves space, making it possible to house a larger mainspring and thereby extend the power reserve from 50 to 72 hours.

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. Once 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.

Evokes a Historic Place

The Cosmograph Daytona is inextricably linked to the world of motor racing. This chronograph allows drivers to measure elapsed time and read average speeds on its trademark tachymetric bezel. The watch evokes a place — Daytona, Florida — where passion for speed and racing flourished in the early 20th century, a place whose name is logically assumed. As a result, it embodies the historic and privileged bonds between Rolex and motor sport, which was strengthened in 2013 by the brand’s entry into the world of Formula 1 racing as Global Partner and Official Timepiece.

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