We have extensively covered the scarcity of certain watches, the Rolex Daytona included, here on aBlogtoWatch. Today, we’ll talk about the lesser-known nuances of one of the key suspects, the watch itself that lies behind all that madness. The rare opportunity presented itself for me to spend a fair bit of time wearing the highly desirable, widely recognized yet seldom fully experienced Rolex Daytona 116500LN with an affectionately nicknamed “Panda” dial. Here are five ways the Rolex Daytona watch is a better (and worse) watch than you might expect.
Better: Wearing Comfort
The Rolex Daytona is more comfortable than the majority of other steel-bracelet chronograph watches out there. It’s not yet perfect — stay tuned to learn how it could do better in the “worse” segments below — but it does not require perfection to outperform almost all the other steel chronographs. How so? First, the bar isn’t set very high by the majority of steel chronographs, to begin with; they can be heavy, thick, and ungainly, often offered on generic straps or bracelets not designed to handle the watches’ bulk. The Rolex Daytona is one of the thinnest self-winding chronograph watches in production today. At just 12mm-thick, it’s thinner than most dive watches (the Rolex Submariner is 13mm thick), let alone chronographs. This aids comfort in all sorts of ways: The low profile helps minimize wobble, keeps the watch from getting caught on sleeves and obstacles all the time, and, as a bonus, it adds a noticeably more refined aesthetic, too. Second, the 116500LN has a three-link Oyster bracelet with just the right width, weight, and integration to support the watch head comfortably. Third, neither the bracelet nor the clasp has any sharp edges anywhere — not even the underside of the lugs.