Rolex Daytona is one of the most sought after, expensive and famous watches in the whole world. Still, its success and evolution are not that easy to explain. Its popularity and value are a result of its perfect design, extremely precise inside mechanism and association with some of the most loved celebrities and royalties around. Only Rolex could have launched such a unique design and increase its fame so naturally.
The Rolex Daytona is a classic watch. It represents wealth, social status and luxury. Only a few of us can afford the original model, but we all secretly hope that one day we will get to wear one on our wrist. I’m not sure if you were aware of this, but one of the most popular Daytona designs is the one with black dial and silver color case and band. When it comes to Rolex watches, the most important attribute is simplicity. The brand managed to construct such distinctive timepieces thanks to its desire of offering understated elegance. Rolex watches are a proof of perfect symmetry, a beautiful play of simple colors and ideal proportions. Continue reading “Rolex Daytona Replica”
It’s hard to believe that it’s been a year since Rolex Replica introduced the pair of steel and ceramic Daytona watches. While Rolex unveiled some solid pieces at Baselworld 2017—including new Daytona models—there’s still more buzz around the “older” Daytona ref. 116500LN from 2016. In fact, a stainless steel Daytona with a black Ceramic bezel is still a challenge to find thanks to its insane global demand. And one look at the stunning pair of Rolex chronographs, and it’s easy to see why.
Before we take a look at the steel and ceramic Daytona replica watches, let’s revisit what Cerachrom is and find out why it’s so desirable. The name “Cerachrom” is a combination of “ceramic” and “chrom” (the ancient Greek word for color). This is what Rolex chose to name their particular brand of patented ceramic alloy to be used on the bezels of their contemporary sports watches. The Cerachrom ceramic bezel made its debut in 2005 on the completely redesigned GMT-Master II.
The “chrom” portion of Cerachrom probably has something to do with the fact that the color of a Rolex Cerachrom ceramic bezel is immune to sun exposure. Therefore, unlike the faded bezels of vintage Rolex watches, a Cerachrom bezel should sport the same color six decades from now as it does today. Another appealing benefit of Cerachrom is its resistant to scratches.
However, Cerachrom is not without its faults. It is quite brittle and can be prone to shattering if it gets knocked at a certain angle. Furthermore, replacing a Cerachrom bezel is vastly more expensive than an acrylic or aluminum one. Yet, many are willing to overlook these points in return for a very attractive component of modern Rolex sports watches, such as the Daytona.
Ceramic Daytona 116500
Prior to last year’s launch of the ref. 116500LN, Rolex already offered a few Daytona models with Cerachrom ceramic bezels. But, the Cerachrom was only available on Everose gold and platinum models, thus completely out of reach for many. It was a ceramic bezel on a stainless steel Daytona that everyone wished for.
And finally, over a decade after the very first Cerachrom cheap Rolex replica watch, the Daytona ref. 116500LN made its grand entrance to a very receptive audience. With its 40mm stainless steel Oyster case, black Cerachrom ceramic bezel, and stainless steel Oyster bracelet, the Daytona ref. 116500LN was exactly the Rolex chronograph everyone wanted. Don’t forget about its very close relative with a brown dial, the Daytona 116515.
The new Daytona runs on the Caliber 4130—the same automatic mechanical chronograph movement of the ref. 116500LN’s predecessor, the ref. 116520. Except now, since Rolex redefined its Superlative Chronometer parameters in 2015, the 4130 boasts a very impressive accuracy rating of -2/+2 seconds per day. This Rolex in-house movement operates at 28,800 beats per hour and offers a power reserve of 72 hours. The center chronograph hand is accurate to 1/8 of a second.
Black or White Daytona?
While the bezel has changed, the layout of the trio of registers remains the same on the new stainless steel Daytona models—30-minute subdial at 3 o’clock, small seconds at 6 o’clock, and 12-hour counter at 9 o’clock. Rolex offers two dial versions of the replica Daytona ref. 116500LN—a black one and a white one. The white Panda dial is particularly reminiscent of some vintage Daytona models, while the black dial version coupled with the matching black bezel is exceptionally sleek. Each version has their loyal fan base, but frankly, both are glorious.
The Daytona ref. 116500LN was so highly anticipated, that the moment it was released it instantly became an icon. In fact, March 16, 2016, will forever be remembered in horology history as the day the dynamic duo of steel and ceramic Daytona watches was born.
Which is your Daytona 116500LN of choice? The black dial or the white dial one?
Of all the dive copy watches ever created, one holds a special place in history, as both an icon of all things horologically cool but also a great in the field of research and innovation. That is the Rolex Sea-Dweller, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year (1967-2017). We explain why it’s an icon and speculate on how Rolex will celebrate this anniversary.
A purpose-built watch for pros
The Sea-Dweller’s history is deeply linked to the history of diving on its own, and essential to the development of the dive watch that started in the 1950s. After WWII, leisure diving grew in popularity and dive watches began to be commercialized for military, professional and civilian use.
The birth of the dive watch can be summed up by one timepiece, the Submariner ref. 6200, the world’s first commercially produced dive watch that was released in 1954, boasting a 100m water resistance (which later improved to 200m). Then in the 1960s, experiments with saturation diving for commercial deep-sea divers had begun bringing about the need for watches with greater water resistance. At that time, the standard Submariner ref. 5513 could endure 200m of pressure but the goal of Rolex was to triple it.
Experiments were carried by Rolex in collaboration with COMEX, the French deep-sea diving specialist, leading to the invention of a feature that would later become the hallmark of the Sea-Dweller: the helium escape valve.
The valve was first retrofitted on best cheap fake Submariner ref. 5514 watches made for COMEX, but in 1967, Rolex introduced the Sea-Dweller ref. 1665, the first watch designed with helium escape valve that was also available for civilian purchase.
The early models from 1967 – production was estimated to slightly over 100 pieces – were very similar to the Submariner ref. 5514 COMEX. Key characteristics of the early Sea-Dwellers are a “double red” dial – having two lines of text on the dial in red print – along with “Submariner 2000” and “patent pending” engraved on the case back (as Rolex had then filed for, but had not yet received, the patent for the helium valve).
Several evolutions took place over the life of the Sea-Dweller. Very rare examples include the “single red” model, which were prototypes (with estimated production of four watches) rated to 500m.
One of the best-known variants is the “Double Red” Sea-Dweller (with the “Submariner 2000” mention too), produced from 1971 to 1977, featuring a 2000ft or 610m water resistance and “patent pending” caseback.
In 1977, the Replica Rolex Sea-Dweller transformed again, becoming a model nicknamed the “Great White”. This model got rid of the red lettering on the dial as well as any mention of “Submariner 2000”, so as to better differentiate between the Submariner and the Sea-Dweller models.
Then in 1978, while the ref. 1665 was still in production, Rolex introduced the Sea-Dweller ref. 16660 that fitted with a sapphire crystal, a bigger helium release valve and an improved depth rating of 4,000ft or 1,220m. Finally in 1988 came the Sea-Dweller ref. 16600 that was powered by the modern calibre 3135, while also having solid end-links on the bracelet and a glossy-finish dial. After many decades in service, the Sea-Dweller was finally discontinued in 2008, replaced by the extra-large Deepsea that was 44mm in diameter.
Rolex stopped the production of the Sea-Dweller 4000 to replace it with a timepiece that had even greater water resistance: the Deepsea Sea-Dweller, rated to 12,000ft or 3,900m.
While technically more advanced, the Deepsea couldn’t replace the Sea-Dweller in the heart of collectors and perhaps for that reason the Sea-Dweller 4000 returned to the catalogue in 2014 as the ref. 116600. That model has all the same features as the classic Sea-Dweller: 1,220m water resistance, a helium escape valve, no magnifier on the date, but also some subtle improvements, including a slightly slimmer case, ceramic bezel and adjustable Glidelock bracelet.
What about the 50th anniversary?
With such history and pedigree, it would be difficult for Rolex to pass on the chance for a 50th anniversary Sea-Dweller. Many expect to see a “red” version of the Sea-Dweller 4000 that harks back to the 1970s version.
Yet, Rolex doesn’t just do vintage-inspired pieces, instead preferring to introduce high-end versions of existing models to mark anniversary’s, as it did with the platinum Daytona for that model’s jubilee. Even if precious metals go against the very nature of the replica rolex sea-dweller automatic watches with green ceramic bezel, Rolex could potentially do a gold or platinum version of the watch.
Another possibility is a different dial on the steel version of the Sea-Dweller. Why not a graduated tone dial colour, as seen in the Deepsea D-Blue? We’ll find out very soon.