The new Daytona replaces the older reference of 116520, which was released in 2000. Much of what powered and moved the 116520 still remains. The movement behind the Daytona 116500LN is still the reliable automatic 4130 calibre that moved the Daytona 116520 for sixteen years. This movement was designed with simplicity in mind in order to achieve a more accurate calibre. Decreasing the number of components that go in to a functioning movement creates fewer opportunities for mistakes. What does change about the movement in the Daytona 116500LN is not the movement itself, but the movement’s certifications. Not only is the 4130 caliber COSC Chronometer certified, but it is also Rolex Superlative Chronometer certified. What this means is that the movement passes yet another accuracy test.
The case of the new Daytona maintains the same classic design and function that was present in the Daytona 116520. At 40mm, the 904L stainless steel case is waterproof at depths up to 100 meters. The Oyster case also features an understated fluted case back. To ensure durability, the crown of the 116500LN has a Triplock triple waterproof system.
The cosmetic changes are most apparent when examining the dial and bezel. For the bezel, Rolex used a monobloc Cerachrom bezel which they developed. This adds to the longevity of the 116500LN because the Cerachrom is incredibly scratch proof while also good at preventing fading. Besides the engraved numerals and scale, what sets the bezel of this timepiece apart from its predecessors is the black bezel. This is the first time a Daytona reference has featured a black bezel coupled with a stainless steel case and bracelet.
The Daytona 116500LN, like the 116520, comes with the option of either a black or white dial. The white dial features the typical three sub-dials, however they are surrounded by snailed black rings, which is a new design element. The black dial does not continue the sub-dial updates- it still features the same snailed silver rings as the Daytona 116520. The hands and hour markers on the dial have 18 carat white gold embellishments.
The bracelet of the new Daytona 116500LN is the same beautiful bracelet that was featured on earlier models- why fix something that isn’t broken? It is a three pieced solid link oyster bracelet. The outside links are satin-finished while there are polished inner links. Finishing the bracelet off is an oysterlock folding safety clasp.
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Many Rolex collectors have mentioned that this watch can be impossible to get. There are few available and a long waiting list when they do become available. With the initial demand, I doubt there will be many people that will be looking to sell their Rolex online for quite some time.
While this watch is similar to the earlier Daytona 116250, it still created an enormous buzz within the luxury watch community. The small cosmetic updates make it more aesthetically pleasing while maintaining the reliability that comes along with the Daytona collection.
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