Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Ref. 116518LN: Malaysia Price And Review

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The Rolex Cosmograph Daytona gets a baller upgrade.

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Ref. 116518LN

Endowed with a sexy yet sporty aesthetic, the Cosmograph Daytona is one of Rolex’s most sought-after models. Case in point? The stainless steel model introduced at in Baselworld 2016 became one of the most coveted watches right off the bat, with a waiting list that continues to grow as you read.

The history of the Daytona is indelibly linked to Rolex’s early chronograohs. To recap, the stainless steel Rolex Oyster Chronograph was introduced in 1955. It came with a manual-winding movement and tachymeter but the most distinctive feature of the watch would definitely be the telemeter around the edge of the dial, which was used to measure distances.

Rolex Daytona 1963
Rolex Daytona circa 1963

Eight years later, the Cosmograph Daytona (top) made its debut with the tachymeter engraved on the bezel instead of just being printed around the dial edge and this made way for how all future Cosmograph’s would look. The following year, the words ‘Daytona’ were inscribed above the seconds sub-dial at six o’clock to mark Rolex’s sponsorship of the ’24 Hours of Daytona’ sports car endurance race. Since then, many have come to know the watch as the ‘Daytona’.

Earlier versions of the Daytona were powered by Valjoux movements, followed by Zenith’s El Primero self-winding calibre created in 1969. Having one of the highest beat rates back then (at 5Hz), Rolex had to modify the movement by scale the beat rate down to 4Hz. The Daytonas of today are fitted with Rolex’s very in-house self-winding movement, the Calibre 4130 with column wheel, vertical clutch, and 72-hour power reserve.

The 2016 update was the first Daytona update after the 2013 platinum anniversary edition. Clearly banking on a winning streak, Rolex follows up last year’s steel case-and-ceramic bezel offerings three souped-up creations in white, Everose and, our personal favourite, yellow gold, which ticks all our boxes as the contrasting black accents in the bezel, sub-dial and strap look incredibly luxe. Paired together with the Oysterflex bracelet, it makes for a sporty yet regal looking timepiece.

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Ref. 116518LN

Last seen on the 2015 Yacht-Master, the Oysterflex bracelet is made of a metal blade that’s wrapped in what Rolex calls a “high-performance black elastomer”, a super durable elastic polymer. It comes with an Oysterlock safety clasp in a corresponding material to the case with the Easylink rapid extension system. Once you have this piece wrapped around your wrist, you’ll realise that the Oysterflex bracelet is amazingly light and comfortable. Plus, it adds personality to what’s already a great looking watch.

Fronted by the patented monobloc Cerachrom bezel, the watch is waterproof up to 100m thanks to the single piece of ceramic that holds the sapphire crystal in place as well as the Oyster case and Triplock triple waterproofness system.

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Ref. 116518LN

In conclusion, the 2017 versions of the Daytona definitely express a sportier flair. The casualness of the Oysterflex bracelet may make the watch less versatile compared to the bracelet versions, but hey, true ballers shouldn’t care less right? Rock this one with swag, say, doesn’t matter if it on a lazy weekend or a black tie gala.

 Case

40mm, yellow gold

 Dial

Champagne with sunray finish and black snailed counters

 Movement

Manufacture Rolex Calibre 4130

 Strap/Bracelet

Oysterflex

 Functions

Centre hour and minute hands, small seconds hand at six o'clock, chronograph, 30-minute totaliser at three o'clock, 12-hour totaliser at nine o'clock, stop-seconds for precise time setting

 Power  Reserve

72 hours

Price

 Approx. RM106,000

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Sim Wie Boon

Sim Wie Boon loves classy dress watches from timeless Swiss and Japanese marques. Wrist affections aside, he finds comfort in quiet rainy evenings with a hot cup of coffee and a stable internet connection.