Rolex Daytonas have always been popular with people who love luxury sports watches & the latest Rolex Daytona reference 116500LN is no exception. The new 116500LN was first released in 2016 and is considered a near-perfect blend of old and new.
In fact, the history of Rolex Daytona is quite long and complex. The first Daytona watch was released in 1963 and went on to become the most-wanted watch in 2016. The early Daytonas consisted of a combination of manual-winding movement & screw-down crowns. But things changed in 1988 when the company released the reference 16520 which was powered by a Zenith El Primero movement. This model also saw the case size of the watch increase to 40mm with a sapphire crystal added. That's when the Rolex Daytona started to gain some serious traction in the market.
There was another big update in the year 2000 where the reference 116520 ditched the El Primero in favor of the caliber 4130. It was considered to be Rolex's first-ever in-house automatic chronograph, and with the release of this model, Daytona fever went mainstream. The reference 116520 had such a demand that people had to wait on a list to get the watch. Many buyers were disappointed that they could not lay their hands on this luxury timepiece with waiting lists stretching into the years.
In 2013, Rolex decided to release the unconventionally-colored platinum Daytona instead of the expected steel update, which didn't go well with Daytona lovers. Now you may understand why the 2016 116500LN luxury sports watch was such a highly anticipated watch.
Features of the Rolex Daytona 116500LN
The bezel is the single biggest update in the new 116500LN luxury sports watch. It gives the watch a distinctly retro look. The tachymeter numbers follow the curve of the bezel in this model.
The case remained almost the same throughout the years and is still at 40 mm.
The dial of the 116500LN luxury sports watch comes in white or black while the fan favorite is the white dial. The white dial now has a black ring around the chronograph totalizers in order to give the watch a panda dial look.
The movement is powered by the excellent caliber 4130 - which is almost 20 years old. But it has plenty of life left in it yet.
Popular Models of the Rolex Daytona
Top Rolex Daytona Stainless Steel References
Rolex Daytona 16520
Rolex Daytona 116520
Rolex Daytona 116500LN
Top Rolex Daytona Gold References
Rolex Daytona 116508
Rolex Daytona 116505
Rolex Daytona 116509
Rolex Daytona Rainbow 116595RBOW
Top Rolex Daytona Two-Tone References
Rolex Daytona ref. 16523
Rolex Daytona ref. 116503
Rolex Daytona ref. 116523
All in all, the Rolex Daytona is one of the best luxury sports watches ever made by any brand.