If you are a Rolex Daytona enthusiast, you were just as excited about the new ceramic Daytona as we were, the only problem...getting your hands on it! Luckily, we were able to get ahold of one beautiful white dial version for review.
The ceramic Daytona has had quite the reception into the watch world as a long awaited, highly sought after Rolex model. Stainless steel Daytonas are not as prevalent as other Rolex models to encourage sales of the more expensive gold or two-tone models. Additionally, the precious metal models sported innovations before the stainless steel models. For example, the rose gold and platinum model both sported ceramic bezels before their steel siblings.
But, finally, the stainless steel Ceramic Bezel Daytona was released, and it is everything we could have imagined and more. The Rolex Daytona is an elegant watch with a polished case and slim profile. The dial, bezel and flat crystal gleam/sparkle in bright light due to no anti-reflective coating. But, this does cause glare, causing the watch to be incredibly hard to perfectly capture in certain lighting conditions. Despite that minor flaw, we are in awe of the ceramic bezel.
When replacing the bezel with a ceramic bezel, it not only prevents scratches, but the legibility has also improved. Plus, it's much better looking. The bezel boasts new features including: a new tachymeter design where the numbers are horizontal to follow the round shape of the dial with a new application process Rolex developed. Basically, they create awesome definition by contrasting platinum and black ceramic.
The model houses the Calibre 4130 movement which was designed to reduce the number of components in the chronographs, thus increasing reliability. The chronograph is accurate to 1/8th of a second. The movement also hosts a patented blue Parachrom hairspring - resistant to magnetic fields to offer stability and is 10 times more precise than a traditional hairspring. With a power reserve of 72 hours. The screw-down pushers remain despite the slight hassle they cause.
This beautiful Ceramic Daytona is available in both White or Black Dial, but again, getting your hands on one may take some time. The fan favorite seems to be the white dial. Both dials sport a change in the rings surrounding the subdial. The white dial with black rings create a vintage, almost panda dial look.
Even though it was released two years ago, it is still a highly coveted model. The iconic design creates the perfect balance of old and new.