It’s hard to know where to start with a review of the most coveted watch of the year (and we suspect for many years to come). More specifically, it’s hard to be objective, to provide a meaningful review of a timepiece that has been so intensely speculated upon and scrutinised. For many people, the Daytona is the ideal, iconic watch design, and this new 116500LN replica Rolex watch is a near perfect blend of old and new.
The single biggest update on the new Rolex Daytona series fake watch is, of course the bezel. It simultaneously refreshes the watch while giving it a distinctly retro look – quite a feat. Rolex first introduced its proprietary ceramic material – Cerachrom – in 2005, gradually drip-releasing it across its professional range. The diamond polish finish combined with the properties of ceramic that make it virtually scratchproof and impervious to colour degradation, mean this watch will always look new, and super shiny – so don’t expect to see a ‘2016 Rolex Daytona ghost bezel’ appearing on Antiquorum auction listings in 40 years’ time. For most people this is a good thing, though I can’t help thinking that sidestepping the ravages of age might take a small part of the magic out of a watch. Oh, and the other change? The tachymetre numbers now follows the curve of the bezel, rather than having all the text on the same axis. It might just be me, but I think it looks cleaner this way.
The case, meanwhile, has remained the same – still at 40mm diameter Rolex replica watches UK, without the addition of maxi lugs or anything new-fangled. There must have been great pressure to mix things up, but I think keeping it unchanged is the smart play. It’s worth noting that the screw-down chronograph pushers are still in evidence, and while they’re an essential part of Daytona DNA (and blue-murder would be screamed if Rolex removed them) I find them a hassle to use in real life. But then again, who uses a chronograph with any regularity.
Aside from the bezel, this was the only other part of the Daytona to see some design tweaks. The 116500LN dial comes in black or white, and from what I’ve heard the fan favourite is the white. The most obvious dial change is the rings surrounding the subdial. The white dial now has a black ring around the chronograph totalisers, giving it a very vintage, almost panda dial look. Because of the novelty of the white dial, I suspect it will be the hotter property for the next few years, though the black is, as always, very sharp.