Remembering Rolex Technical Director René Besson, ‘The Father Of The Daytona’
It’s well known that Carole Forestier has built up Cartier’s specialized prowess in development configuration practically without any assistance. It’s considerably more widely known that Gerald Genta planned the Royal Oak, yet would you be able to name the individual who planned the Rolex Submariner? Or on the other hand maybe the individual behind the type 4130 utilized in the Daytona? Rolex doesn’t refer to workers’ names. There’s no “I” at Rolex, just a “we,” yet the shade was momentarily pulled back when this accolade piece to the very man that drove the advancement of the Rolex Caliber 4130 ran in a Swiss newspaper last week.
René Besson died on May 3 at 87 years of age. He was specialized chief at Rolex from 1985-1998, and before that, he drove the exploration team at Ebauches SA.
As an accolade for Besson distributed in Le Temps (the biggest French-language newspaper in Switzerland) brings up, Besson spent a lifetime unobtrusively making extraordinary headways in watchmaking. The fifty or so patents he has to his name are just a simple part of his commitments. Despite the fact that Besson’s name isn’t widely circulated, the name Rolex is, and he had a huge impact in building up the company’s type 4130; it’s utilized in current Daytona models. Besson is additionally known for the advancement of the Concord Delirium, a watch delivered in 1979 by Ebauches SA that was 1.98mm thick. It was a genuinely extraordinary innovation in ’79, and even today, it’s as yet an amazing feat. Between ETA and Rolex, Besson has made a critical blemish on the business through working in the background on specialized innovations for driving firms.
The 4130 may have been Besson’s swan tune, yet the quantity of patents Besson documented en route are similarly noteworthy. A speedy sweep of a Google’s patent database uncovers an amazing number of patents recorded acknowledging Besson as the designer, the soonest of which was documented in 1964 by Ebauches SA and conceded in 1965 for an “Electric Timepiece.”
This 1965 patent is for a semiconductor circuit controlled electronic watch, with an electromagnetically impulsed balance.
When it comes to electric-powered timekeeping, Besson was a genuine idea pioneer. Fourteen years after the previously mentioned patent was documented, the Ebauches SA Concord Delirium was delivered in light of the growing piece of the overall industry of the quartz fragment the Japanese were catching. Joe Thompson laid out the Thin Watch War that seethed on between the Swiss and the Japanese at the time:
“In January 1979, ETA staggered the watch world with a 1.98mm thick watch called Delirium. (It appeared in the U.S. under the Concord brand; that’s since Concord owner Gedalio Grinberg put away cash to help ETA, stone cold broke, to build up the development.) Seiko hit back with a much more slender watch, however ETA was prepared. It won the Thin Watch War by giving three more Deliriums. The last, Delirium IV, had a case that was amazing 0.98mm thick, is as yet the most slender watch ever made.”
And at that point there’s the Rolex Caliber 4130, for example, one of Besson’s last activities with Rolex. He resigned from Rolex as Technical Director in 1998. The Caliber 4130 appeared in 2000 inside the Daytona Ref. 116520. Before this, the Daytona had been using a progression of types that depended on the Valjoux 72 just as design from Zenith. It was Besson who figured out how to lead the creation of an in-house type for an unbelievable games watch, and the type end up being staggeringly powerful – his commitments to the undertaking were important to such an extent that Le Temps reporter Jean-Bernard Vuillème felt he ought to be classified, “the father of the Daytona chronograph.” The development saw the presentation of a vertical grasp framework that would forestall a “bounce” when beginning the chronograph notwithstanding the capacity to allow the chronograph to run for more, safe, rather than a flat clutch.
In combination with Ben’s 2015 visit to the Rolex processing plant, he talked with a top-level watchmaker about the Cal. 4130. The watchmaker said the following of the caliber:
“Rolex took all that was acceptable about their 3130 arrangement of developments and applied it to a chronograph. Yet, they didn’t stop there. They additionally took a long, hard, basic gander at how they could refine the plan thinking behind the 3130 to make it significantly more solid. They took a gander at the weak purposes of the 4030, too, and decided how best they could develop what they had gained from it. The outcome was the 4130.”
A current creation Daytona Ref. 116500LN, with Rolex type 4130.
“In aggregate, Rolex’s 4130 addresses the apex of horological designing. It is, apparently, the superlative in mechanical timekeeping. From its beginning to its current incarnation, I presently can’t seem to experience another watch development that comes near matching the mindfulness and attention to detail so clear in the 4130’s design.”
We regularly compartmentalize mechanical and quartz as two absolutely separate orders – and they are. Be that as it may, to a genuine creator and innovator, each presents an exceptional chance to perseveringly seek after headways in innovation. Besson is one of only a handful few watchmakers who had really ascended to great statures in all that he did.