WOTY Revisited: Rolex turned heads in 2012


Rolex’s Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona was named as the Showstopping Watch of the Year in WatchPro’s 2012 Watches of the Year. The 2013 Watches of the Year is now open for nominations.

From the moment we held it in our hands at BaselWorld the rainbow-hued Cosmograph Daytona was a sure-fire potential for this year’s Watches of the Year.

Appealing to our inner love of colour we love its tongue-in-cheek appeal. It is crafted in solid 18ct yellow gold with a palette of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, mauve and pink sapphires, and more than 50 diamonds.


This 40mm watch has Rolex proprietary calibre 4130, a self-winding mechanical chronograph and a 72-hour power reserve with details such as the pop-colour red chronograph and seconds hands contrasting the black lacquer dial and gold crystal counters.

The Cosmograph’s case is crafted from a solid block of 18ct gold, while its fluted caseback has crystal made of virtually scratchproof synthetic sapphire. Meanwhile its calibre 4130 self-winding mechanical chronograph movement is, like all of Rolex’s perpetual movements, a certified Swiss chronometer that has passed the COSC tests.

Yes it makes a statement, but we adore it for being that little bit more playful a timepiece from a brand that prides itself on tradition and classic styling. This rainbow-hued rebel was also revered by retailers and we’re sure it will be remembered for years to come — truly an icon of our generation.

To find out more about Watches of the Year and nominate your favourite models of 2013 so far, click here.

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