It’s about time the steel Rolex Daytona got an upgrade, as it’s been about sixteen years since we’ve seen it refreshed. The wait is over with the new-for-Baselworld-2016 Rolex Cosmograph Daytona reference 116500LN in 904L steel. It uses a new monobloc Cerachrom bezel in black ceramic with an updated tahcymeter design, shedding the older engraved metal bezel.
The aforementioned monobloc Cerachrom used in the bezel is a material developed by Rolex and is replacing the engraved metal bezel on the outgoing Rolex Cosmograph Daytona. It hearkens to the past with the 1965 Rolex Cosmograph Daytona that had a plexiglass black bezel, but it’s due time the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona joins its siblings like the Rolex Submariner and Rolex GMT-Master II in getting the ceramic bezel treatment. Cerachrom is incredibly scratch proof due to its hardness, and on top of this, it will keep the black bezel from fading due to the effects of UV rays.
Furthermore, the tachymeter scale has been updated so now it “follows” the rounded shape of the dial – the numerals were “horizontal” on the previous version
What I, and many others, love about Rolex is just how well-made their bracelets are. The Ref. 78590 (for all you bracelet nerds out there) 904L steel three-piece solid linked Oyster bracelet looks and feels as good as ever on the wrist. The polished center links, satin-finished outer links with the polished edges are pretty close to perfection. Not to forget, the Oysterlock folding safety clasp and Easylink 5mm extension link are as functional as ever.
While the Cerachrom bezel stole the show, the two dial options of the new 2016 Rolex Cosmograph Daytona make a huge impact on the overall looks. The white dial with its “almost-panda” aesthetics might seem to be the more obvious choice for many, but the black dial version turned out to be a real stunner in the metal.
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