The New Rolex Daytona Is A Racing-Inspired Triumph

The classic gentleman’s watch made famous by Paul Newman back in the day has a brand new look.

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At the annual horological orgy known as Baselworld in Switzerland, Rolex just rolled out a gorgeous new version of its iconic Daytona, the watch made famous by Paul Newman and other gentlemanly racing drivers in the ’60s and ’70s.


The stainless steel timepiece, priced at about $12,000, is now available with a black ceramic bezel, harkening back to the famous Daytona reference 6240 that debuted in 1965. There’s also a white-dial version featuring black rings instead of silver above the sub registers, Hodinkee reports. 


The case size remains 40 mm and features Rolex’s caliber 4130 movement. The reference of the new Daytona is 116500LN. Each piece comes with a five year warranty is certified accurate to -2/+2 seconds per day. 


As for the ceramic bezel, Newman would have approved: it’s corrosion resistant, scratch-proof, and impervious to UV rays thanks to a PVD coating. 

Each one also features a very thin layer of platinum. We don’t know about you, but we’re ready to test it out on the track.