Dynamic Duo: The Ceramic Daytona Chronographs
It’s difficult to accept that it’s been a year since Rolex presented the pair of steel and clay Daytona watches. While Rolex revealed some strong pieces at Baselworld 2017—including new Daytona models—there’s even more buzz around the “more established” Daytona ref. 116500LN from 2016. Truth be told, a stainless steel Daytona with a dark Ceramic bezel is as yet a test to discover because of its crazy worldwide interest. Furthermore, one gander at the dazzling pair of Rolex chronographs, and it’s not difficult to see why.
The Daytona 116500 has a crazy worldwide demand.
Before we investigate the steel and fired Daytona watches , how about we return to what Cerachrom is and discover why it’s so alluring. The name “Cerachrom” is a combination of “ceramic” and “chrom” (the old Greek word for shading). This is the thing that Rolex decided to name their specific image of patented ceramic composite to be utilized on the bezels of their contemporary games watches. The Cerachrom ceramic bezel made its introduction in 2005 on the completely updated GMT-Master II.
The “chrom” part of Cerachrom most likely has something to do with the way that the shade of a Rolex Cerachrom artistic bezel is invulnerable to sun openness. Consequently, dissimilar to the blurred bezels of vintage Rolex watches, a Cerachrom bezel should brandish a similar shading sixty years from now as it does today. Another engaging advantage of Cerachrom is its impervious to scratches.
“Cerachrom” is a combination of “fired” and “chrom” (the old Greek word for color).
However, Cerachrom isn’t without its issues. It is very fragile and can be inclined to breaking on the off chance that it gets thumped at a specific point. Besides, supplanting a Cerachrom bezel is immensely more costly than an acrylic or aluminum one. However, many will neglect these focuses as a trade-off for a very attractive component of current Rolex sports watches, like the Daytona.
Ceramic Daytona 116500
Prior to a year ago’s dispatch of the ref. 116500LN, Rolex previously offered a couple of Daytona models with Cerachrom earthenware bezels. But, the Cerachrom was just accessible on Everose gold and platinum models, accordingly completely too far for some. It was an earthenware bezel on a stainless steel Daytona that everybody wished for.
And at long last, longer than 10 years after the absolute first Cerachrom Rolex watch, the Daytona ref. 116500LN made its excellent access to a very receptive crowd. With its 40mm hardened steel Oyster case, dark Cerachrom artistic bezel, and tempered steel Oyster wristband, the Daytona ref. 116500LN was by and large the Rolex chronograph everybody needed. Remember about its exceptionally close relative with an earthy colored dial, the Daytona 116515 .
The Daytona ref. 116500LN made its great access to a responsive audience.
The new Daytona runs on the Caliber 4130—a similar programmed mechanical chronograph development of the ref. 116500LN’s archetype, the ref. 116520. But now, since Rolex re-imagined its Superlative Chronometer boundaries in 2015, the 4130 flaunts an exceptionally noteworthy exactness rating of – 2/+2 seconds out of every day. This Rolex in-house development works at 28,800 beats each hour and offers a force hold of 72 hours. The middle chronograph hand is precise to 1/8 of a second.
Black or White Daytona?
While the bezel has changed, the design of the triplet of registers stays as before on the new tempered steel Daytona models—30-minute subdial at 3 o’clock, little seconds at 6 o’clock, and 12-hour counter at 9 o’clock. Rolex offers two dial adaptations of the Daytona ref. 116500LN — a dark one and a white one. The white Panda dial is especially suggestive of some vintage Daytona models, while the dark dial form combined with the coordinating dark bezel is astoundingly smooth. Every variant has their dedicated fan base, however honestly, both are glorious.
The white Panda dial is especially suggestive of some vintage Daytona models.
The Daytona ref. 116500LN was so exceptionally envisioned, that the second it was delivered it immediately turned into a symbol. Indeed, March 16, 2016, will always be remembered in horology history as the day the unique pair of steel and artistic Daytona watches was born.
Which is your Daytona 116500LN of decision? The dark dial or the white dial one?