The Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Ref. 116506 replica features a case made entirely of 950 platinum along with a chestnut brown Cerachrom bezel.
This is not however the first Daytona with a Cerachrom bezel, since the Everose Daytona received the update first in 2011, it is however the first Daytona with this colour combination. I really like the “chestnut brown” ceramic of the bezel and it is nicely complimented by the lacquered sub-dials within the “ice-blue” dial, this colour combination I find to be quite refreshing.
Arguably the most sought after watch by Rolex collectors the Daytona is only rivaled probably by the Submariner in terms of desireability. Originally released in 1963 the first Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona had a steel case , manual wind chronograph movement and was named after the famous racetrack, since then it has appeared in numerous variants. For more information on the history of the ice-blue dial Rolex Daytona watch check out an article I wrote about it here.
One of the Daytona’s signature design elements is the tachymeter bezel which adds to its auto racing persona, used in conjunction with the chronograph it measures average speeds of up to 400 miles(or kilometers) per hour. The tachymeter has engraved numerals and graduations coated with a thin layer of platinum via a PVD, and Rolex’s proprietary Cerachrom material is an extra-hard, corrosion resistant ceramic – Cerachrom is a contraction of the words Ceramic and Chrome.
The Daytona’s case measures 40 mm in diameter and is made in Rolex’s distinctive Oyster style and has a water-resistance of 100 meters (330 feet). Its water resistance is helped by the use of a winding crown fitted with Rolex’s patented Triplock water-resistance system which screws down securely into the case. The fluted caseback is also (hermetically) screwed down with a special tool exclusive to Rolex watchmakers and the chronopushers also screw down too. A crown guard has been integrated into the case middle which has been machined entirely from a solid block of 950 platinum and has a polished finish and is complimented by a bracelet also in platinum.
The 50th anniversary edition Daytona was highly anticipated, with many collectors and Rolex fans speculating on what kind of Daytona would be released. Many thought Rolex would release one like the Newman Daytona 6263 Daytona, however this wasn’t what was released but the first platinum Daytona and what mens fake Rolex watch’s press material refer to as a “prestigious edition”.