Thunder in the calm skies of watchmaking. One of the most long-standing rules in watchmaking has just been broken. Rolex replica watches has updated its Daytona collection. Wait, I’m not talking about the explosion. Hold on to your pants. The new all-platinum Daytona, the one with the glacier blue dial has a… wait for it… a sapphire caseback. Do you realize how big it is? Isn’t that just amazing? What do you mean no? Truly ? This may mean that you are not fully aware of all the subtleties of the Rolex design playbook.
Let’s take stock of the scope of this move. And that means going back into the recent history of the brand. More specifically, examining their relationship with that indispensable design feature that has become ubiquitous at all price points: the transparent caseback.
Rolex is THE brand that has made sapphire crystals a regular feature of their watches. Somewhere in the 1980s, the unscratchable and prestigious material began to replace all the mineral and plastic glorified crystals that reigned supreme, for want of better technology. In the early 2000s it spread to the other side of the case, onto the case back, and opened up a broad and unfettered view on movements that the world never imagined existed. Thanks to an unprecedented exaltation of their mechanical characteristics and complications, watches with sapphire backs quickly became ubiquitous… except at Rolex. They have always rejected it, remaining stubbornly and totally faithful to the entire case back.
Totally? Once upon a time there was an exception. In the 2000s, the brand launches a new collection within the Cellini family. This was therefore a much more varied collection of what the brand perceived as classic designs and non-Oyster designs. The Cellini Prince ref.5440 and 5442 were historical oddities, not only for their rectangular shape, but for their movement characteristics. The caliber 7040 was visible through a large, rectangular, transparent caseback. It was also guilloche, had a small seconds and, hold on, it was hand-wound. That was a million miles away from what Rolex does now.
Except for that strange anomaly, which was erased rather quickly, Rolex has made the complete caseback a real rule. Not only is it full, but it is also simple and smooth. Aside from a couple of other oddities, those spines have no engraving, no printed message, not even technical or legal. That space had remained uncultivated… until now.
Since this is the 60th anniversary of the Rolex replica watches Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona, aka Daytona, the brand has completely updated it. New dials, new indices, new colors, new approach to case polishing and, of course, new movement. And this time it is not simply an update as has happened several times in the past, starting among other things with the Daytona.
The Cosmograph Daytona was the first to usher in a completely new generation of calibers that changed the technical face of Rolex. Some features first seen on the caliber 4130 have spread throughout the brand over the years. But no one ever saw it, nor them, unless you could get hold of photos of the repairs, or some taken by crazy geeks who had bothered to inform the public…
Yet, the brand new caliber 4131 not only uses the new Chronergy escapement and other improvements. For its first appearance in the limelight, it received a brand new oscillating weight. No more half-discs with rectangular openings, adorned with beautiful but not very beautiful finishes (and who cared because no one ever saw them anyway). Rolex replica watches designed a new rotor with three arms and two large openwork openings. In the gold, Rolesor and steel Daytonas, the bevels are gold plated while the rest is grey. But the platinum version has a completely different one.
Platinum is not only the most precious metal used by Rolex. It has always had a special status. It has an exclusive dial color (glacier blue), an exclusive ceramic bezel color (chocolate), and an exclusive price (yes, that’s pretty high). When Rolex wants to update an important feature, it generally starts at the top of the line. So this new platinum Daytona has the first transparent caseback in a Rolex Oyster. The movement is gorgeous with its brand new Cotes de Genève, and get this: the rotor is made of solid yellow gold.