Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Watches In Gold With Oysterflex Rubber Strap & Ceramic Bezel Hands-On

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Watches In Gold With Oysterflex Rubber Strap & Ceramic Bezel Hands-On

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Watches In Gold With Oysterflex Rubber Strap & Ceramic Bezel Hands-On Hands-On

2016 was a big year for fans of the Rolex Daytona because the company finally released a Daytona with a ceramic bezel in steel. For 2017, Rolex is updating its Daytona line, this time with its gold models. This year, the yellow and white gold Daytona watches will all be getting Cerachrom (Rolex-speak for ceramic) bezels. But, perhaps most surprising of all is that these watches will come not with a traditional Oyster bracelet. Instead, they will come with Rolex's relatively new Oysterflex strap with an Oysterlock safety clasp. Some love it, some hate it, but there's clearly a market out there for it.

For customers who never saw a compelling Rolex alternative to products offered from brands like Audemars Piguet and Hublot, there is this configuration of the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona. It's kind of hard to make a statement with a Rolex Daytona that isn't modified, and that's a testament to the longevity and desirability of the watch, but these Oysterflex models could present a viable option for these buyers. We first covered this release here, but now have hands-on pictures to give you a better feel for them in person and on the wrist.

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Watches In Gold With Oysterflex Rubber Strap & Ceramic Bezel Hands-On Hands-On

I’ll talk about the Oysterflex strap later, but first, let’s go over the basics of the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona, which will be familiar for anyone who knows the Rolex Daytona. These new Daytona watches will come in a 40mm-wide case and will be offered in 18k white gold and 18k yellow gold, and they will now come with Cerachrom bezels. There’s also a third version in Everose. Technically, the Everose Rolex Cosmograph Daytona already had a Cerachrom bezel when it was launched, but it joins the other two here because it will now be offered with an Oysterflex strap.

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Watches In Gold With Oysterflex Rubber Strap & Ceramic Bezel Hands-On Hands-On

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Watches In Gold With Oysterflex Rubber Strap & Ceramic Bezel Hands-On Hands-On

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Watches In Gold With Oysterflex Rubber Strap & Ceramic Bezel Hands-On Hands-On

The first watch to have the Oysterflex was the Everose Yacht-Master from 2015. The Oysterflex strap is quite special in that it is not just a rubber or elastomer strap. No, Rolex doesn’t do things the simple way. Instead, a super elastic blade is used and then molded over with elastomer. The aim was to create a strap with the reliability of a metal bracelet and the comfort of an elastomer strap. For the new Daytona watches here, they will also get an Oysterlock safety clasp with the Easylink mechanism that quickly increases the strap length by about 5mm - great for warm days when your wrists expand.

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Watches In Gold With Oysterflex Rubber Strap & Ceramic Bezel Hands-On Hands-On

A lot of people make the "it's still rubber" argument, and that is true, of course. But there is an obvious appeal to a lot of other people for a rubber strap, especially how Rolex does this one, and don't mind spending $30,000 for that bit of fun. It could be comfort, sportier aesthetics, or just because they like that it stands out. You may not like it, but I think it's fair to say that these aren't just another rubber strap ("it's Rolex rubber!"). Rolex insists on calling it a bracelet, though, which is definitely a reach.

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Watches In Gold With Oysterflex Rubber Strap & Ceramic Bezel Hands-On Hands-On

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Watches In Gold With Oysterflex Rubber Strap & Ceramic Bezel Hands-On Hands-On

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Watches In Gold With Oysterflex Rubber Strap & Ceramic Bezel Hands-On Hands-On

One thing to note about the implementation of the Oysterflex strap is that unlike the Yacht-Master, the Rolex Daytona watches will come with special end links so that there isn’t an unsightly gap between the strap and the case. In addition, whatever misgivings you might have about the strap will be easily forgotten once you put these watches on your wrist. Elastomer is really cool and comfortable on the skin, and Rolex makes it even better by having fins under the strap that create a cushion between the strap and your wrist. This allows for your wrist to expand and contract a bit without making the watch feel too loose or tight. Also, the fins help vent the inner part of the strap on hot days.

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Watches In Gold With Oysterflex Rubber Strap & Ceramic Bezel Hands-On Hands-On

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Watches In Gold With Oysterflex Rubber Strap & Ceramic Bezel Hands-On Hands-On

Introduced last year, in 2016, the Cerachrom bezel was significant because, as owners of Rolex Daytona watches with stainless steel bezels can attest, those bezels on older Daytona watches would often get pretty scratched up. The Cerachrom bezel, on the other hand, is ultra-hard and therefore super resistant to scratches. In addition, the engraved tachymeter scale is marked using a thin layer of gold or platinum, and Rolex says it will never fade. These two properties make the Cerachrom bezel very desirable to Rolex Daytona fans, especially those who wish for their watches to continue looking as pristine as they can. Furthermore, the Cerachrom bezels have a very glossy, almost liquid look to them that is very nice, especially under direct light.

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Watches In Gold With Oysterflex Rubber Strap & Ceramic Bezel Hands-On Hands-On

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Watches In Gold With Oysterflex Rubber Strap & Ceramic Bezel Hands-On Hands-On

The rest of the case is sublimely finished. The polishing is spotless, and the screwed-down pushers and the crown are all immaculately crafted and feel good to operate. The crown uses Rolex’s Triplock waterproof system. Water-resistance is rated at 100 meters, which really should be the bare minimum these days for any watch that calls itself a sports watch.

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Watches In Gold With Oysterflex Rubber Strap & Ceramic Bezel Hands-On Hands-On

As for dials, the yellow gold model will come with a champagne dial, while the white gold model will come with what Rolex calls a “steel” dial, and finally, the Everose model has a very luscious pink dial. Each model will also have hands made out of the same gold material as their cases. All in all, very standard stuff for readers who are familiar with the Rolex Daytona. Personally, I like the dials of the white gold and Everose model best. The “steel” color, which is really more like a silvery-grey or slate, is very classy and harmonious to my eyes. As for the Everose model, the pink dial complements the Everose case so, so well.

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Watches In Gold With Oysterflex Rubber Strap & Ceramic Bezel Hands-On Hands-On

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Watches In Gold With Oysterflex Rubber Strap & Ceramic Bezel Hands-On Hands-On

Inside these new Rolex Cosmograph Daytona watches lies the legendary Calibre 4130, Rolex’s own in-house chronograph movement. It has everything you expect from a chronograph movement at this price point, including a column wheel with vertical clutch, and a lengthy power reserve of 72 hours. It also has a Parachrom hairspring, made out of a special blend of alloys that allows it to be less affected by shocks and magnetic fields. Further, it meets Rolex’s new Superlative Chronometer certification, which means it’ll run between -2/+2 seconds a day and will enjoy a warranty of 5-years.

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Watches In Gold With Oysterflex Rubber Strap & Ceramic Bezel Hands-On Hands-On

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Watches In Gold With Oysterflex Rubber Strap & Ceramic Bezel Hands-On Hands-On

So, yes, these new Rolex Cosmograph Daytona watches are a little unusual and unexpected, but they are still exceptionally nice watches. Regardless of some people's misgivings about the Oysterflex strap, I personally think they are actually attractive, unique, and sporty, and I can see them winning over watch lovers who could be considering a sporty chronograph from other high-end brands. The new Rolex Cosmograph Daytona in 18k yellow gold with Oysterflex strap is called the Ref. 116518LN and is priced at $27,500. The Rolex Daytona in 18k white gold with Oysterflex strap is called the Ref. 116519LN and this is priced at $28,800. Finally, the Rolex Daytona in 18k Everose gold with Oysterflex strap is the Ref. 116515LN and this is also priced at $28,800. rolex.com

What do you think?
  • I want it! (68)
  • Interesting (17)
  • I love it! (16)
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  • Classy (1)
  • SuperStrapper

    Gross.

  • IG

    4 lines of text under Rolex — you can feel you got something for your money!

    • Don’t forget the label on the side of the strap.

  • Three paragraphs spent tying to convince us that it’s not just a rubber strap convinces me that it’s just a rubber strap.

  • Lawrence

    I don’t know, i think the rubber strap should go all the way to the case

  • ??????

    More text, please. I’m still not sure if it’s cool enough.

  • IanE

    Underwhelming – much like most of what I have seen from Baselworld this year!

    • ??????

      Agree. I honestly expected more from Baselworld, but I’m so delighted by 62MAS..

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Yes yes i know , it’s a Rolex. Mass produced but still a watch people aspire to, a name that everyone equates with quality of build, that is not in any doubt but this offering is a bit of a dud. …..Here’s why,…….It’s too pointy for me , being cluttered by text doesn’t help. Anyone who calls there own product Superlative with a extra special certification is a bit brash.
    The strap is just awful , i don’t care how you big it up, it’s still rubber. Was their any need for a clumpy crown protector ?. Unless am in some x men movie fighting magneto i dont think i should worry too much about magnetic fields. Last but by no means least $28,000 ! . I read somewhere their was a watch recession.going on can someone tell Rolex.

    • Mark1884

      Ray, you think everything is too pointy.
      Sure, the Daytona is not for everyone.
      But, it is a true icon. At least no one can say Rolex is resting on their reputation and not changing with the times.

      • Raymond Wilkie

        I know , i have a thing for pointy watches, i mean who seriously needs a chronograph ( rhetorical ). If this is their attempt to appeal to a younger audience and not some fuddy duddy blue collar retirement gift ( that or a carriage clock ) then they have ( in my opinion………i have to keep saying that ) , they have failed miserably. This is a horrible watch.

        • Mark1884

          You have to remember that Rolex has survived, as the the most recognizable & famous watch in the world for a reason. (bear in mind I did not say best)
          They protect their classic designs. Sure, they may seem like an old fart watch to some. But, that is what makes them Rolex. Timeless classic designs, that will always be in style and recognized.
          When you think about it, Rolex really is not able to come out with some crazy new design. If they did, it would not continue on with their classic lines. So in effect, they are handcuffed by their own success and brand recognition.
          They are able to “tweak” some classics, but that is about as far as they can safely go.
          Having said that, everyone is entitled to an opinion. There are some very popular & famous watch’s out there, that I hate.
          To each their own.

          • Raymond Wilkie

            i agree with everything you say , just one small word change from timeless to aged……….moving on,……….

          • Gokart Mozart

            What you are saying basically is that Rolex does not want to risk being adventurous because they don’t want to risk losing sales. They don’t want to risk putting in complications in case, people think “he has a basic Rolex, and he has an expensive Rolex” Currently it is only steel or gold basically.

            Many companies have iconic products and expand on them or experiment with them.

            Look at Jaeger with the Reverso, Cartier with the Tank, AP with the Royal Oak, Porsche with the 911.

            If it was design only there is absolutely no reason why Rolex can not do a Tourbillon and keep it hidden like Laurent Ferrier. They could even give it the steel back. I would respect Rolex for that (still would not buy it because I do not like the design)

            Timeless classic I think is being confused with instantly recognisable, whether you have an interest in horology or not. VW Beetle or Citroen 2CV are instantly recognisable.

          • Mark1884

            I get your point.
            Maybe it is just the Rolex way. Their “thing” or “hook” is to stay traditional and only make minor changes once in a while. Sure, sounds boring, but there is no denying their success.
            I will have to get back to Switzerland and check on this in person.

      • Beefalope

        I can say it, and I am saying it. There, I said it.

        • Raymond Wilkie

          Said what 🙂 ?

          • Mark1884

            He said that they are resting on their reputation.

          • Raymond Wilkie

            Oh i see. ………..I concur, but God loves a trier.

    • Gokart Mozart

      The crown protector on this is probably the worst I have seen on any traditional style crown protector, ie with nothing going over the crown. I can think of any other being worse.

      For worst crown protector full stop this probaly takes the biscuit. At least it is functional I suppose….

      http://graham1695.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/450×700/9430542ca67cf08980a944f060b67c4c/2/c/2ccau.e05a-collection.png

      • Raymond Wilkie

        Wow, what an awful example. As a lefty a left sided crown is preferred as i wear my watch on my left wrist ( when i was at school you were gay if you wore it on your right wrist……go figure) and if you worn an earing on your right ear the same applied.

      • Shinytoys

        You’re aware that for aviation purposes for combat , that mechanism actually had a purpose other than protecting the crown ?

        • Gokart Mozart

          I know, I imagine fir some peopleit would be useful, but I did say it is functional.

          But with the Minecraft camouflage dial and the carbon fibre it is not pretty.

          • Shinytoys

            I can dig it. I’m with you. Cheers?

  • Mark1884

    Being a Rolex homer…… I think they look great.
    The Oystreflex strap seems like a nice option to either a plain rubber strap or bracelet.
    I really like the Cerachrom bezel. Anything less than ceramic now, is unacceptable.
    The Daytona makeover looks like a winner to me. More modern and sporty.

  • TrevorXM

    There’s just something ironically silly about seeing a solid gold Rolex on a rubber strap! Not only that, it’s not even a dive watch. Why doesn’t the Submariner in steel appear on a rubber strap? This is my laugh of the day.

    Of all watches that Rolex produces, this is the one that demands a LEATHER strap.

    • Marius

      Excellent comment!

    • Mountainous Man

      I’m not really a fan of any Rolex since the 5-digit series, but I love rubber straps and wear a RubberB (similar looking to his Rolex strap) on my old Explorer II and it’s great. The rubber strap is the best thing about this watch to me. lol

  • Beefalope

    Rolex is like Taco Bell — a few ingredients repackaged in many different ways, but in the end it’s all crap.

    • Mark1884

      I like Taco Bell

      • Raymond Wilkie

        We don’t have them here , am i missing out ? Never even had a Wendy burger. ………..tragic but true.

        • Sheez Gagoo

          They had a found bun and a square patty here. And they offered beer. And it was allowed to smoke in the restaurant. So Euro.

        • Beefalope

          You’re not missing out on anything by not eating Wendy’s or American fast food in general. I eat it on occasion, but that’s because I’m swine.

          • Raymond Wilkie

            Last time i was in the states i could order a steak with the hoof still on it !

          • Shinytoys

            I think they banned the hoof 🙂

          • Raymond Wilkie

            I think you mean the Hoff from night rider. Easy mistake.

          • Shinytoys

            Kip was an extra feature ?

        • Gokart Mozart

          It is in England but I have not yet tried it. Only had it in the US years ago.

          Nearest to you would be Bradford or Manchester. Good though it is I would not drive down specially from Glasgow for a Taco Bell. 😉

          Wendys opened in london over 35 years ago but it flopped. I think it had hygiene (rodent) problems.

          • Raymond Wilkie

            Oh lovely .As a chef for 30 yrs am hygiene nuts . I do love the odd KFC though. Been in Manchester a few times but in the main Englandshire holds no appeal for me ( no offense )

        • IG

          Why would you eat Yank junk food when you can eat haggis?

          • Raymond Wilkie

            it wasn’t very long ago haggis was banned in the states, being unfit for human consumption.

      • Beefalope

        I have a soft spot in my heart for the Meximelt. It’s a fine item.

      • Gokart Mozart

        I like Taco Bell, but I dont like Rolex.

    • Sheez Gagoo

      Agree. I wouldn’t say crap. They are quite reliable.

      • Beefalope

        True, but that would ruin my comment. I can’t have that sort of thing going on.

  • Juan-Antonio Garcia

    Love the Daytona, but in SS w/black face and leather strap. Yummie.
    Gold in a rubber strap is like a Porsche with a plastic bra.

  • Michael Cragg

    The lugs look symmetrical to me, where they don’t on the steel version. Am I crazy?

  • If you were to buy a screwdriver made of gold with the handle in emerald, you’d be called an idiot. That’s what I think of luxury “tool” watches like this.

    Also, Rolex should put all those ridiculous names on the dial: “Triplock Easyling OysterFlex Cerachrom Superlative Officially Certified TrueGold EveRose OysterOyster Daytona Cosmograph”. That’s more like it!

    • IanE

      Heh – and then they could change which one was in red every few years to keep the Roleristi happy!

    • ZL

      And footnotes at the bottom with the definitions.

  • SuperStrapper

    From what I can tell this strap actually has a metal (titanium?) core, meaning that it kinda is a bracelet, just coated in rubber. I’m not defending the thing, but it baffles me how shitty Rolex is at just speaking plain language on this kind of stuff. Completely unnecessary subterfuge to cover up something positive? It really does make this strap/bracelet more than just a rubber band. Doesnt make it attractive though.

  • A_watches

    The rose and white are damn cool proper lux sport watches, full stop. Part of the charm is the middle finger vibe it gives off which has to be embraced

  • Yan Fin

    Casserole with Chanel perfume

  • BRIAN

    If your worth $1-10million this is you watch to show everyone. If you are worth north of $10million you wouldn’t be caught dead wearing one. Those that can’t afford one make up any reason to hate anybody wearing one.

    It’s a flashy watch that has real history and acceptance in most of the watch community. If you have one you will always have on short sleeves.

    • Mountainous Man

      Admittedly, as someone who has long spoken out against the silliness of the precious metal Rolex professional models, I actually think the white gold version looks great. I wish it was steel and the tops of the lugs were brushed, but I’m embarrassed to admit to myself that it’s a good looking watch. FWIW, I already like wearing my Rolex on Rubber B strap, so maybe that’s why I like the aesthetics of this, and at least some won’t realize it’s white gold rather than steel.

      • Raymond Wilkie

        FWIW ?

        • Mountainous Man

          For what it’s worth.

          • Raymond Wilkie

            Gawd darn it , 2 minutes and i would have had it !

        • Chaz

          For Wilkie’s Information, Wot?

    • Gokart Mozart

      No. I just do not like the watch.

      In my opinion it is an ugly version of the early Daytonas. And the early Daytonas are a worse looking chronograph compared to the non Daytona chronographs such as the 6234 or 6236.

      Each version has got more brash and less pretty. Looks more and more like an alternative to a Tag or Breitling in each new iteration.ó

    • Shinytoys

      I would think that if you’re worth 1-10 million and above, you might be sporting a George Winston work of art…my 2 cents

    • The Deplorable Boogur T. Wang

      In my experience observations over the years, I have noted that clients who wear a

      Gold Rolex Daytona / Rolex Cosmograph Daytona tend to not give a damn what anyone else thinks about their watch…or them.
      They have “made it” and while they might well wish you luck if you have not – they really couldn’t GAF about your, or mine, opinion of it.

  • commentator bob

    “One thing to note about the implementation of the Oysterflex strap is that unlike the Yacht-Master, the Rolex Daytona watches will come with special end links so that there isn’t an unsightly gap between the strap and the case.”

    The fake end-links that Rolex molds into some of its cases are really ugly and tacky. This would look much better without them. It would also let buyers hold out hope that some day they can afford the bracelet, instead of making the watches incompatible with bracelets.

  • Chaz

    Pretty sure the Daytona Cerachrom bezel was around long before 2016 (para 7). Just nitpicking…cheers.

  • Yanko

    No real man will put this on his wrists.

    • IG

      Can’t NATO be put on it?

    • Word Merchant

      Real men will of course wear these as georgeous ankle bracelets. You with me, Yanko?

  • Pranjal

    I like the white gold and the everose gold models.We don’t see pink coloured dials that much I would have bought it if I had the cash but still I am a teen.

  • Word Merchant

    This is the nouveau riche version of the Daytona, and as I’ve always had leanings in that direction, as well as being a confirmed Rolex fan, I of course rather like these, especially the white gold version. I’m happy with my SS Ceramic Daytona, because if it’s good enough for Mayer, it’s good enough for me.

    I’m now awaiting a proper hands on with the new steel and gold Sky Dwellers, so come on ABTW, enough with the Casios and Tags, get busy!

  • A elastomer covered titanium strap sounds like nifty technology. The fins look strange, but may work well. Although I wonder how you would trim it down for a small wrist? Could be every local watchmaker will now have to have a bi-metal blade band saw to do strap sizing. I would enjoy seeing one in real life. And would enjoy it even more on a steel case watch.

  • SadTearsNoLies

    Possible to switch to metal band? This RUBBER is hideous.

    • commentator bob

      No, because of the fake end links molded into the case. Knowing Rolex I bet they are molding in the fake end links so that people that already have gold Daytonas can’t buy these and carry over their existing bracelets.

      • SadTearsNoLies

        Interesting. I researched and found some pics online showing the end links are actually press fitted under the bezel. They are removable but I wonder if there is a way to have similar end link able to be fitted in such way which compatible with metal bracelet? I doubt it.

  • Jerry Davis

    I don’t mind the strap not being leather but I much prefer silicone over rubber.
    I own both types and find silicone much more comfortable.

  • Shinytoys

    It’s always amazed me how different this watch looks without the gold bracelet. And the price difference puts it into the hands of almost mere mortals. I like it a lot.

  • Larry Holmack

    The black and gold version is pretty nice looking….just needs to be 46 mm’s so it doesn’t look like a ladies watch on my wrist. I also doubt the strap would fit my wrist. Oh well…I woldn’t buy a Rolex again even if I had the $$$$.

    • Katnip Everlean

      You sound like the perfect client for a new Invicta

      • Larry Holmack

        Katnip…no…I just happen to be 6’6″ tall with a 23 cm ( 9 inch ) wrist!! A 40 mm watch lokos like a little girly watch on me. And…BTW…I would rather spend that kind of money on 3 or 4 Breitlings! I have had 2 Rolex’s in the past, and have no desire to ever own another!!! So feel free to buy my share…!!!

        • Katnip Everlean

          Why buy 3 or 4 Breitlings when you can buy around 60 Invictas? #

          • David Lee

            60? More like 200 invictas

  • BILL

    Mayer’s and Clymer’s oysters are flexing.