Many of us have seen comets flash by in the night sky, but we wouldn’t want to see a meteorite coming our way unless it were wrist-sized. Rolex first debuted the meteorite dial on a Daytona almost two decades ago. Now in 2021 it returns with a new slice of "outer space" spread out over three golden options, mixed up with either ceramic bezels on silicons straps, or gold bezels matching gold bracelets. The 40mm case is available in three 18k gold options: white gold, yellow gold and Everose gold (which is Rolex’s proprietary version of rose gold); all with a solid screw-on case back. These new arrivals may have swapped out the dial, but they essentially come in the same case as all current gold Daytona already did and do. Except the bezel material on these new releases does vary depending on your choice. Mounted to the case is a Cerachrom black ceramic bezel for the models on the silicon Oysterflex strap; while gold bezels have been given to watches attached to a gold bracelet. Beyond that nuance its still the standard fixed bezel engraved with a tachymeter scale, seen on previous Daytona watchesThere are also two screw-down push-pieces used to operate the chronograph functions. While its screw-down crown uses the Rolex Triplock waterproof system, which assists in keeping water-resistance on this timepiece able to reach up to 100 meters (330 feet).Time is exhibited on either: a silver dial for the 18k white gold, a champagne dial for the 18k yellow gold or an Everose for the 18k rose gold version. All these dials have a sunray finish, with contrasting black sub-dials and they all use hour index markers. The hands on each piece was made with metal matching its case, besides being all fitted with a Chromalight, which is the Rolex version of a luminescent filling, for an enhanced legibility.Made of a slice of iron meteorite, the dial is first etched with acid to highlight the Widmanstätten pattern, the streaky motif created by the crystalline structure of the material, and then polished. But it still retains a slightly textured surface, unlike the perfectly smooth lacquered finished of most Daytona dials.As is conventional for Rolex, the applied hour markers, Rolex coronet logo, chronograph register borders, and hands are made of gold in the same colour as the case. They have been combined with high-contrast black registers (the first-generation meteorite dials had matching meteorite registers), in order to create a notable contrast and draw our gaze into its midst.
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona Meteorite
This “Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona Meteorite” (References below) is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber 4130 with 44 jewels, 201 components and 28,800 Vph. This timepiece meets the new Superlative Chronometer certification by Rolex, which guarantees a -2/+2 seconds a day count and a 5 year warranty. Power reserve on this timepiece can last up to 72 hours, when fully wound.Mounted to the watches is either an Oysterflex rubber bracelet, secured by a white-gold folding Oysterlock clasp; or a yellow-gold, or Everose gold bracelet, both secured by a matching gold clasp. For more up to date information visit the official Rolex website here.