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Baselworld 2017 New Rolex Daytona
Baselworld 2017: New Rolex Daytona

The iconic Rolex Daytona collection received a welcome update at last year’s edition of Baselworld, and the Swiss watchmaker once again took the opportunity to upgrade the Daytona at the 2017 exhibition.

Last year’s well-received Daytona introduced a cerachrom bezel, and now Rolex has unveiled three new versions in yellow gold, white gold, and Everose (Rolex’s proprietary pink gold).

While this may not sound too exciting, the big news here is that the three new editions will be presented on an Oysterflex rubber bracelet, meaning the new Daytona collections join the Yacht-Master in sporting the robust yet attractive strap.

The new combination of gold, cerachrom and the Oysterflex bracelet has surprised many fans of the brand, and while not many were anticipating such a bold move, it continues adage that you can never truly predict what Rolex is going to do next.

For those of you who are not familiar with the Oysterflex bracelet, it offers the waterproof nature and aesthetics of a traditional rubber strap, while possessing the robust durability of a metal bracelet.

Meanwhile, the new 2017 Daytona collections retain the impressive 4130 movement that we have seen previously. This means that the watches are accurate to +2/-2 seconds a day, while providing 72 hours of power reserve, and it has received the Rolex Superlative Chronometer Certification.

The yellow gold Daytona ref. 116518LN (pictured) is presented with a champagne dial with a sunray finish and black subdials. The hour markers are finished with 18k yellow gold, black PVD coating and Chromalight, which ensures that the time can be read in darker conditions. The hands are also presented in 18k yellow gold and finished with Chromalight.

The 18k yellow gold can also be observed on the safety clasp on the new Oysterflex bracelet, and this is true for the respective golds on the white gold (ref. 116519LN) and Everose gold (ref. 116515LN) editions.

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