The winners of the 2023 Le Mans 24hr race will get this Rolex Daytona


The winners of the 2023 Le Mans 24hr race will get this Rolex Daytona

Fittingly, after racing for 24hrs, the winners get… a very special timepiece

TopGear.comPublished: 05 Jun 2023  External link to Top Gear Magazine Subscription – 5 issues for £5Skip 3 photos in the image carousel and continue reading1 / 3

“For me, this year is all about the 24 Hours of Le Mans,” explains nine-time Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen. He’s not wrong – 2023 marks 100 years of the most famous – and most glamorous – endurance race in the world.

And befitting its status as the world’s oldest endurance race, the winners of the 2023 edition won’t just get their names etched into the history books, but a special Rolex etched with their triumph.

Advertisement – Page continues below

Rolex – sponsor of Le Mans since 2001 as the race’s ‘official timepiece’ – has created a specially engraved Cosmograph Daytona; a fitting watch perhaps, taking its name from that other legendary endurance circuit which played host to a number of US speed records. Indeed, “Daytona has greatly inspired the legend of this chronograph”, says Rolex.

First launched in 1963, the Cosmo Daytona promises exceptional reliability “under even the most challenging conditions” (one suspects sustained g-force in a 24hr race qualifies), thanks to continued development of its mechanical heart. Original a Valjoux movement, it changed in 1988 to a calibre 4030, then a Rolex 4130 calibre in 2000 and most recently a 4131 in 2023.

You might like

HiPhi X review: China’s gullwing-doored electric SUV

Fiat’s new electric SUV has an old badge on the front

The only Koenigsegg racecar ever built is going up for auction

This rad MB&F watch was inspired by Zagato and the Porsche 918 Spyder

And it’ll be handed out to 2023’s victors after what promises to be an absorbing race. 2009 F1 champion Jenson Button – who’ll be there in a special Garage 56 entry – said: “It will be an incredible challenge and a privilege to be at the 100th anniversary of Le Mans in such an unusual car, alongside some of the greats of the sport.”

Kristensen added: “There is so much anticipation as we build to this momentous event. To triumph at the 24 Hours of Le Mans is the ultimate and the whole world will be watching.”

Advertisement – Page continues below

Top Gear

Get all the latest news, reviews and exclusives, direct to your inbox.


WatchesLe Mans 2023

Next article

MotorsportMotorsport world mourns young driver killed at Spa

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *