Watch Journal - Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 116500LN

The Rolex Cosmograph Daytona is the absolute classic in the watch world. The reference 116500LN was released in 2016 and stormed the collector's world. The watch instantly became a classic and was under high demand since day one. Fast forward six years, the Rolex Daytona is still the hottest watch on the market. Hands down.

Rolex Daytona 116500LN Review

The Classic Daytona Dial

The Daytona dial has not changed since the last model. The dial remains to be one of the most recognizable dials out there. There wasn’t anything that needed improving on the dial design, as it is already close to perfection. You know the watch is a Daytona from across the street.

The easy to read Chromalight display uses a long-lasting luminescent material that glows in the dark with a bright blue hue. Just like any Rolex Daytona chronograph, the word DAYTONA is printed in red and wraps around the top of the small running seconds located at the 6 o’clock position. Rolex has chosen to stick with the traditional dial design of a Daytona.

The New Ceramic Bezel

This new and improved fixed Ceramic bezel is highly scratch-resistant, excellently resists corrosion and impervious to the color fading effects of UV rays. Compared to the polished stainless-steel bezel of its predecessor, the now black bezel gives the impression that it is a larger dial.

A few things about the bezel design also changed. Namely, the typeface which was used on the engraved tachymeter scale is bolder and more legible and is filled with a platinum PVD fill. Another slight difference on the bezel is the use of triangles instead of dots beneath the numerals on the tachymeter.

The Sound and Sturdy Case

As the world’s first waterproof case, the Oyster case has almost become synonymous with the name Rolex. The patented Oyster case has been one of Rolex’s notable signatures and has been around since its conception in 1926. A system that tightens and locks the monobloc middle case via a screw-down bezel, a screw-down case back, and a screw-down crown. Using this “Triplock” locking system, the Daytona’s case is secured against water as a submarine hatch with a minimum water-resistance rating of 100 meters.

While you will see this Oyster case used on practically all non-chronograph Rolex sports models, the Daytona has the addition of the screw-down sleeves protecting the pushers for the chronograph function.

The Workhorse Movement

The Rolex 4130 caliber is an automatic chronograph movement that will keep itself wound by using your hand's movement to tighten the mainspring using a rotor. This will keep the movement wounded provided you move your hands sufficiently throughout the day.

If you don’t move all that much throughout the day, the winding crown can be used to tighten the spring manually. On a full wind, the power reserve should allow for the watch to run for approximately 72 hours. It will run for 66 hours if you are using the chronograph function.

The Caliber 4130 is also a COSC certified movement which means it has the prestigious Chronometer designation testifying to its reliability and high precision with a maximum of -4/+6 seconds per day in deviation.

The Final Word

The Rolex Daytona 116500LN has excellent accuracy and great water resistance that you wouldn’t have to worry if it got wet while swimming, snorkeling or showering. The Rolex brand is the most recognized watch brand in the world so you would certainly get lots of compliments and attention with one of these Daytonas on your wrist.

Available at Perpetual & Co Watches

This exceptional timepiece is now available for sale at Perpetual & Co Watches. Visit the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 116500LN White Dial (Panda) and 116500LN Black Dial to place your bid for this incredible watch.

Tim Coatney
CEO - Perpetual & Co Watches

Tim Coatney
Tim Coatney



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