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A Rose By Any Other Name

Paul Altieri

Rose Gold

Does it get any better than rose gold? Well, if it’s Rolex’s Everose, it just might. The proprietary, patented 18K formulation is refined in Rolex’s private foundry. Nobody’s talking about the makeup of the unique pink gold Rolex introduced in 2005.

And when Everose is used to build the Cosmograph Daytona, the result is a truly luxurious chronograph, as well as a world-class timing instrument.

The black dial is a nice contrast to the rose gold.
Rolex Daytona ref. 116505 with a black dial.

A Few Details

Rolex has put together several different combinations of strap, bracelet, dial, and bezel. At first, this feels like a dizzying array of combinations to consider and it is. But if you start with the strap vs. bracelet decision, and then the Everose vs. Cerachrom bezel decision, you’re quickly down to simply choosing your favorite of four or five dials.

The magnificent self-winding calibre 4130 may be the best chronograph movement ever made. It’s equipped with Rolex’s Parachrom hairspring and carries both a COSC chronometer certificate and Rolex’s own Superlative chronometer certification (-2/+2 seconds after being cased).

This accuracy of this movement is impeccable.
Rolex Caliber 4130 is incredibly accurate.


Chronograph sub-dials are in the traditional Daytona locations – 30 minute counter at three o’clock, running seconds at six o’clock, and 12 hour counter at nine o’clock with chrono seconds being the large sweep second hand. Due to relatively new technology introduced with the 4130, the watch has a power reserve of about 72 hours. You can leave it home for the weekend (but why would you?) and it’ll still be running when you put it on Monday morning.

The Daytona is housed in an Oyster case. That means a Triplock screw-down crown, screw-down pushers, and a screw-down case back. The crystal is sapphire, and the whole works is water resistant to 100 meters or 330 feet. Not that you’d dive with the Everose Daytona, but you could.

vintage daytona crown
Vintage Daytona tachymeter.

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

The bracelet in question is, of course, Rolex’s Oyster. It’s closed via their folding Oysterlock safety clasp which features the Easylink comfort extension link. It allows a 5mm comfort extension for those hot days. If it’s the strap you’re after, you’re talking black alligator with Everose end links and a latest generation Oysterlock clasp, in Everose of course, released in 2011. The black strap looks great, but the Everose Daytona would really pop with a chocolate brown strap.

The leather is a great combination with the rose gold Daytona.
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona looks well with leather.

And of course, the bezel with its engraved tachymetric scale is what identifies a Daytona as a Daytona. Whether in Everose gold or Cerachrom, the watch is unmistakable, even from a distance.

Beside Everose, the Cosmograph Daytona is available in steel, steel and yellow gold, white gold, yellow gold, and even platinum. But I think you’ll agree – the Daytona in Everose is the Daytona at its most exotic.

Paul Altieri