Best Rolex Cosmonaut Daytona 116500 Watch Review
The Rolex Daytona 116500 is a watch you can wear every day in almost any situation or formal wear. It’s sporty and as robust as any Rolex watch, it has an perfect size and weight proportions, it looks stunningly new, and it ages gracefully as you wear it. I can’t think of another watch that executes these aspects, as well as the stainless steel Daytona.
Let’s fast forward 3 months to today, and I now have a very solid collective experience and memories of wearing the new Daytona. I will say that this watch is hyped for a reason, and it is perfect – period. We can delve into the details of this watch and compare it to other chronographs and sports replica watches all day long, and it just stands out as a winner in all categories.
One thing I noticed, besides the aesthetics, specs and history, is the impact of the Daytona name. It’s the first watch I’ve owned that made me feel rather subconscious of my wrist, I was immediately more aware of who was looking at my wrist and was generally more careful when wearing it. It’s not a loud watch by any means, especially the black dial version, but it’s very recognizable due to its chronograph shape. If someone knows what a Daytona is, they certainly won’t miss it when they see it.
Another big difference for me is that the polished center link scratches very easily compared to the brushed links on the submarine, and I developed very fine hairline scratches on the strap on the second day of use. After a few weeks, this evened out and is now less noticeable than it was initially.
The bezel and dial are inky black and look more elongated in person than in most photos. The tapered slope of the bezel is also more pronounced in reality but can occasionally be captured in a timely photo. The watch can sometimes feel busy due to the intricate engraving on the bezel and throughout the dial consisting of three subdials and multiple lines of text. No space is spared on the dial, but it is done in such a way that it works and is just part of the charm of this modern variant.
Guys, I think you all understand that I, like most watch owners, am smitten with this watch. It’s a shame that it’s so difficult to buy from an authorized fake Rolex dealer, but I suggest you try this watch if you like it too. Many watches are available as temporary replacements, but you will always come back to wanting this iconic chronograph.