Despite speculative computer-generated designs suggesting the release of a titanium anniversary model, the new Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona is offered in six variations: Platinum, Everose Gold, Oystersteel with a white dial, Oystersteel with a black dial, and Oystersteel and yellow gold with either a white or gold dial.

Starting in August, the new Daytona models will be obtainable and priced from £12,700 to £70,800.

Although the dial options for the new 2023 60th Anniversary Rolex Daytona are largely similar to those offered in the previous generation, the dial layout has undergone a number of subtle updates to enhance visual balance and readability. The hour markers and sub-dials have been redesigned in terms of shape and size, with longer and thinner hour markers resembling those found on the Zenith-based Daytona watches produced between 1988 and 2000.

The sub-dials appear to be slightly slimmer compared to the other dial elements, creating a more spacious and legible display. The stainless steel variant is available exclusively with a black or white dial, while the two-tone and precious metal versions offer additional options, some of which feature diamond-set hour markers. The 950 platinum Daytona is exclusively offered with an ice blue dial and the only choice is whether or not to include baguette diamond hour markers.

Although the visual and external updates are noteworthy, the most significant update to the 60th Anniversary Rolex Daytona watches for 2023 is arguably the new Rolex Caliber 4131 automatic movement. The Caliber 4131 is essentially an evolution of the brand’s in-house Caliber 4130, which was first introduced in 2000. However, the new Caliber 4131 brings Rolex’s chronograph movement up-to-date by incorporating the brand’s Chronergy escapement for greater efficiency, Paraflex shock absorbers for superior impact resistance, and an optimized ball bearing setup for the rotor.

Running at a frequency of 28,800vph (4 Hz) and providing a power reserve of approximately 72 hours, the new Rolex Caliber 4131 delivers the same performance specifications as the previous Caliber 4130. Like the rest of Rolex’s modern lineup, the Caliber 4131 is a “Superlative Chronometer” and is rated to -2/+2 seconds per day (after casing).

For the first time in the Oyster Perpetual line, all models now incorporate a transparent sapphire case back, a feature that the Rolex community has been eagerly anticipating for some time.

While most Rolex sports watches are in high demand with waiting lists at retailers, the Daytona has been especially challenging to acquire at the retail level. With the introduction of these new models, I anticipate that collectors will be equally eager to add them to their collections. Although the aesthetic changes may not be groundbreaking, the incorporation of a new Rolex chronograph movement is a significant innovation. This is evident by the inclusion of a display caseback on a waterproof Oyster case, which is a feature that Rolex has decided to embrace.