Rolex has finally done something to its legendary Daytona. For 2016, Rolex Daytona gets a new black Cerachrom bezel that’s reminiscent of their 1965 Daytona that had a black plexiglass insert around the crystal. As with all ceramic bezels, this one benefits from certain advantages bestowed on it thanks to the material it’s made of. You can expect a ceramic bezel to be virtually scratch proof on a day to day basis, it’s extremely resistant to corrosion and it’s unaffected by ultraviolet wavelengths. Then again, like all ceramic bezels the biggest risk to the Daytona’s Cerachrom halo is sudden impacts, ceramic shares the same issue as sapphire crystal in that it’s extreme hardness makes it brittle and likely to shatter altogether if the impact is severe enough.
The new reference of the stainless steel Daytona is 116500LN, and it replaces 116520. Replica 2016 Rolex Daytona 116500LN much more of an evolution than a revolution in both design and technology. The watch remained 40 mm, made in Rolex’s proprietary 904L steel. What’s so amazing about this new Daytona is that there is nothing here, really, for us to nerd about. It is every bit the same as the 116520 down to the 40 mm 904L case, the polished center links, the Superluminova accents, and the caliber 4130 movement.
I would venture to say, in fact, that the Daytona is one of the best wearing watches ever made. The 40 mm version, which has now been around for 28 years is also just wonderfully sized, and the new reference with black Cerachrom bezel adds a little bit of style and panache to a otherwise flawlessly designed case.
There are five lines of text at 12 o’clock. Five. Do we need all that, in particular the final line that reads “Cosmograph”? Certainly not, but I find it charming that Rolex, after 53 years of producing this watch, still calls it a Cosmograph, even though I am quite sure nobody outside a few dweebs like me know what that means.
The new Cerachrom black bezel with platinum PVD treatment is beautiful and rich looking, polished and refined. The Rolex Daytona is the hottest watch in the world right now, with timeless design, great quality, cool factor for men and women.