Marking the 100th anniversary of the Le Mans, Rolex Drops A New Daytona

Big news from Rolex! Watch dealers and enthusiasts alike are abuzz with excitement as the brand recently announced a new updated version of its most coveted and iconic chronograph, the Cosmograph Daytona. This release holds special significance as it coincides with the watch’s 60th anniversary and pays tribute to the monumental 100th anniversary of the legendary 24 hours of Le Mans, the esteemed motorsport race in France.

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The Crown has served as the official timekeeper of the race since 2001. Therefore, it was an expected tribute from Rolex. Here’s everything you need to know about the latest Rolex Cosmograph Daytona that is freaking everyone out. Let’s start with what’s new!

What’s New?

The new Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Ref: 126529LN encompasses all the essential attributes of a usual Daytona, like the crown guards, tapering lugs and screw-down pushers. But what set it apart are two interesting tweaks.

A subtle addition of ‘100’ in Red to the Cerachrom bezel’s tachymeter scale. This is in honour of the 100th anniversary of Le Mans. Given Rolex’s conservative reputation, this slight pop of colour is definitely a stylistic evolution.

The more significant visual addition happens with the case back as the Ref. 126529LN sports a sapphire display case back which is quite uncommon for Rolex. This lets you admire the movement inside with its 18ct yellow-gold rotor. You don’t usually get to see Rolex watches with a display case back and offering such a technical feature in a new edition is even rarer.

It is an 18-white gold chronograph

The 40mm case and bracelet are made from 18ct white gold. Bashing the fact that steel versions of Rolex sports watches or the Daytona tend to be the most sought-after, this new edition in 18ct white gold is surely a game changer. The reason why the steel versions are so popular is because they have a down-to-earth feel. And, Rolex achieved a similar look and feel with the white gold Daytona look. Its sheen appearance feels even more special on the wrist.

Gifted with a Reverse-Panda Dial

We all are aware of how coveted and iconic is the Paul Newman dial. To celebrate this special 2023 occasion, Rolex has revamped the dial outlook. Haven’t we all desired that in our dreams? The famous Paul Newman dial getting a makeover!

The new white gold chronograph features the ‘Reverse Panda’ style (black on white is the classic Panda style). Here the sunray-finish black dial showcases contrasting white sub-dials with square-shaped markers and tracks resembling the ones found on the Paul Newman models. The applied markers and hands are 18ct white gold and filled with luminescent elements.

This white-on-black feels a lot like the vintage Daytona 6263s. And, we aren’t the only ones saying it. Even Rolex has stated that the new dial’s graphic design takes inspiration from the past.

Another special distinction seen on this Reverse Panda Daytona dial is the 24-hour counter positioned at 9 o’clock, instead of the usual 12-hour counter. To feature this new 24-hour display style, Rolex has introduced an additional mechanism made of seven components.

The Platinum Touch

Surrounding the black dial is the polished Monobloc cerachrom bezel in black ceramic. It is edged with an 18ct white gold band where the tachymeter scale is engraved with recessed graduations, numerals and inscriptions coated with platinum via PVD.

The Special Movement

Powering this new Daytona variant is the COSC-Certified calibre 4132, a new variation of the 4131. Another big announcement by Rolex!

If you look closely, you could see the sub-dial at 9 o’clock featuring a 24-hour display. That is quite different from the other usual Daytona models sporting 12-hour display. This new upgrade seems appropriate for the Le Mans race lasting 24 hours, adding much more meaning and substance to the aesthetic appeal.

As said, this mechanism constitutes of seven components which in technical terms is referred to as the epicyclic reducer that halves the rotational speed of the gear train turning the 24-hour hand. The watch offers a good power reserve of 72 hours.

The Daytona variation awarded to this year’s race winner will come with a solid case back engraved with the race logo and the phrase ‘Winner 2023’. Other than this, the Ref: 126529LN version will flaunt an exhibition case back.

All in All..

The year 2023 seems pretty unique for Rolex as well as for motorsport! But given Rolex and Le Mans’s longstanding ties, it’s not surprising to see the brand dropping an original Daytona model to commemorate the 100th year. However, the craze is not just limited to this reason. The 18ct white gold body, special ‘100’ engraved bezel, PND-derived dial and the new movement, everything makes this design a hit!

For those wondering if this is a limited edition model, well, no. The Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Ref: 126529LN is not a limited edition release but a regular and permanent addition to the loved Daytona lineup. Now, what we are yet to find out is the price this white gold release would claim in the coming days. We predict it to smoothly glide into a six-figure zone. What do you think?

Specifications Overview

  • Model: Rolex Cosmograph Daytona
  • Reference Number: 126529LN
  • Case Diameter: 40mm
  • Case Material: 18ct white gold
  • Bezel: Cerachrom bezel in black ceramic with a tachymeter scale and inscriptions coated with platinum via PVD
  • Dial: Sunray finish black dial
  • Water Resistance: 100m
  • Power Reserve: 72hours
  • Bracelet: 18ct white gold Oyster bracelet
  • Movement: 4132
  • Crown: Screw down crown
  • Crystal: Sapphire Crystal

Also Read: Rolex Daytona Prices Outperform Stock After Brand Drops New Model


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