Thursday, April 08, 2021

New Daytona with Meteorite Dial




New Daytona With Meteorite Dial


"It's really a pity you have just the digital presentation this year," a Rolex rep in Geneva told me via Webex on the first day of Watches and Wonders. "When you have a chance to see the watch in real, the dial is amazing." 

My love as a pilot for the Cosmograph Daytona has been quite chronicled on Jake's Rolex World, including here, here, here, and here

When you take a watch that is the ultimate watch for those with a passion for driving and speed and put in a dial that is made entirely from an asteroid that exploded millions of years ago, how can the pulse of a pilot not quicken? Is there a faster watch out there?

This latest release demonstrates once again Rolex's expertise in developing and manufacturing dials. This is not the first time Rolex offers a meteorite dial on the Cosmograph Daytona. The picture of the 2008 Rolex Daytona 116509, below, comes courtesy of Amsterdam Vintage Watches. However, it is the first time the meteoric dial is offered with a ceramic-bezeled Daytona.

The meteorite metal is not just a layer on the dial, the entire dial is made out of meteorite. It will be available for precious metal versions of the Daytona (18 ct yellow, white and Everose gold).

So let's recap, shall we? The most reputable watch brand in the world just took the rarest sports reference and, after casing it in a precious metal, added a dial that—oh, I don't know—took millions of years to create a unique crystallization pattern that is impossible to re-create on Earth. 

If you want something très rare and très fast, mon ami, but also extremely good looking, then this Daytona will be your pick of Watches and Wonders 2021!