Breaking News: Rolex Discontinues Le Mans 126529LN Daytona

Amidst the flurry of new releases showcased by Rolex at Watches & Wonders 2024, the iconic "Le Mans" Daytona has been officially discontinued, marking the end of its production era. This development reverberates across the watch industry as significant news.

Daytona Le Man


To provide some background, last year witnessed the unveiling of the Le Mans Daytona in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the famed 24 Hours of Le Mans, an annual endurance race steeped in automotive history (as famously depicted in Steve McQueen's cinematic portrayal). The previous year's iteration of the "throwback" white gold model featured a captivating open caseback, revealing the Caliber 4230 movement, drawing inspiration from the updated Daytona 4130 reference introduced at Watches & Wonders in 2023. Notably, Caliber 4132 enhanced the chronograph function to measure up to 24 hours, aligning perfectly with the demands of a 24-hour endurance race.

The Daytona Le Mans edition paid homage to the race through its distinctive reverse panda dial, adorned with a special black ceramic tachymeter scale featuring a conspicuous "100" indication in striking red, while the movement was meticulously tuned to accommodate the rigors of the day-long endurance event. This fusion of design elements not only harkened back to Rolex's heritage but also celebrated the brand's enduring legacy in the realm of motorsports chronographs, evoking nostalgia with its reminiscent dial coloring reminiscent of the esteemed "exotic" dials from the 1960s.

However, in a surprising turn of events, the Daytona Le Mans has now been discontinued. A quick search on Rolex.com for the reference number 126529LN confirms its absence from the current lineup. Remarkably, considering its release in June of the previous year, this discontinuation potentially marks one of the shortest production runs for any modern Rolex timepiece.

Daytona Le Mans

The Daytona Le Mans served not only as a fitting tribute to the storied history of Le Mans but also underscored Rolex's enduring legacy within the motorsport community and the broader cultural significance of the Daytona as a contemporary icon in the world of racing chronographs. While the news of its discontinuation may come as a disappointment to enthusiasts, it appears that Rolex is poised to introduce a yellow-gold variation as a replacement. Stay tuned for further updates and coverage on this intriguing development.

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