It was the introduction of an automatic movement that made the Rolex daytona along the road to watch making superstars. A Zenith self-winding timepiece called El Primero powered the second generation of watches, turning the once ugly duckling of Rolex into the most coveted watch of the 1980s and 1990s.
Then, in light of Rolex's obsession with making everything it needs in-house, the brand unveiled its first internal timing movement, the cal. 4130, marking the birth of the latest generation of watches. The ref. 116xxx series was launched in 2000 and marked the end of the first internal timing campaign for Rolex watches and the use of third-party suppliers.
The ref. 116500LN, released in 2016 with a black and white dial, is one of the most watched and popular timepieces of recent years. It is now the only all-steel Rolex daytona lineup available only with the brand's patented ceramic bezel Cerachrom. Although there is only one stainless steel model, there are many other flavors of the Rolex daytona watch.
In fact, it has the most extensive professional collection. In addition to the two-tone Rolesor, you can choose from three gold (yellow, red and white) or even white. The dial is colorful, and since 2017, the rolex replica Oysterflex rubber strap has also been heavily featured on the gold bezel with a ceramic border, making these references more sporty.
However, the modern Rolex daytona is more than just a status symbol. The Carl 4130, a caliber five years in the making, is arguably the most mass-produced timepiece ever. It is a cylindrical wheel chronograph with a vertical clutch and consists of 201 components, down 60 percent from the El Primero it replaced. It's a minimalist approach that Rolex embraces all the time; The fewer parts you have, the less likely you are to make a mistake.