I really don’t think I need to go too much into the Daytona as pretty much everyone knows about this watch. It has always been the case that the ultimate Rolex is ironically not a solid gold President Day-Date, but the Cosmograph Daytona. With waitlists in the years to authorized dealers these days not even entertaining you unless you’ve bought another Rolex before, the Daytona is without a doubt the most desirable and hardest to get Rolex in the market today.
This is the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 116500, the newest reference of the Daytona family. Released in 2016, it was the by far the most talked-about watch of the year, succeeding the 116520. While the Daytona design has always been more evolution rather than revolution, the most striking change to this brand new reference was the incorporation of a black ceramic bezel, as supposed to the stainless steel bezels seen on previous generations.
The Rolex Daytona has and will always be the de facto flagship icon of Rolex, partly due to its rich history and association with famous individuals throughout history. On the wrist, with all of the hype and history aside, it is just a downright good looking watch. At 40mm, it sits perfectly and has a design language that sits amongst other legendary designs such as the 911 Porsche and Fender Stratocaster. The panda dial layout, which is the more desirable variant, has a porcelain-like white that contrasts nicely with the matte black ceramic bezel.
With that famous Rolex quality and history, the Daytona strikes a perfect balance between everyday usability and still giving you that feeling of having something special on your wrist.