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Rolex Unveils A Special Cosmograph Daytona to Celebrate The Centenary of The 24 Hours of Le Mans Race

To celebrate this symbolic anniversary at Circuit de la Sarthe, Rolex unveiled a special version of the Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona whose design and movement specifically evoke this legendary race.

The 100th anniversary of the 24 Hours of Le Mans concluded this past weekend with a series of breathtaking performances. To celebrate this symbolic anniversary at Circuit de la Sarthe, Rolex unveiled a special version of the Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona whose design and movement specifically evoke this legendary race.

First held in 1923, the world’s most prestigious endurance race has tested human and technical performance to its limits over the century. As the Official Timepiece of the 24 Hours of Le Mans since 2001, Rolex champions the commitment around the clock which has made this race and its conquerors legends of motor sport. Testament to the Swiss watchmaker’s enduring support of motoring excellence, Rolex unveiled an Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona to honour the 24 Hours of Le Mans centenary at Circuit de la Sarthe.

 Kristensen adds: “When we see this unique Rolex Daytona, we see 100 years of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in one chronograph. It represents the dedication and teamwork, which makes me feel part of something greater. Ultimately, what brings us to these racetracks has remained the same throughout generations – passion, persistence, performance, perfect lap times and perfect timing. Le Mans started before me and it is something that will live forever.”

A race of heightened emotion and breathtaking performances, the 100th anniversary of the 24 Hours of Le Mans will forever be remembered as one of the most extraordinary contests at the mythical Circuit de la Sarthe. This afternoon at 4.00 p.m. local time, the No. 51 Ferrari AF Corse achieved glory in front of a remarkable 325,000 spectators. 

From Saturday 10–Sunday 11 June, the champions etched their names into motorsport history and claimed a first victory for the Italian team since 1965. To mark this important occasion, record nine-time 24 Hours of Le Mans winner and Rolex Testimonee Tom Kristensen presented the winning drivers with a specially engraved Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona as they celebrated on the podium with the centenary trophy. Reflecting on his role as Grand Marshal, Kristensen says: “Standing here alongside the winners of this milestone edition was a big moment for me. My experience of the 24 Hours of Le Mans means I have even more respect for what these drivers and teams have achieved over 24 hours. After all, it is this race that brought me into the Rolex family, and because of that Le Mans feels even more like home to me.” 


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