Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 2016 (steel)

written by YWH team 3 August 2016
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 2016 ref. 116500LN
Quick specs Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 2016 (steel)
Price: approx. € 18.000 | approx. $ 19,500 | approx. £ 16,000
Size: 40 mm
Reference: 116500LN
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The first Rolex Cosmograph Daytona was launched in 1963. A new generation of chronographs dedicated to racing drivers who were racing at Daytona Beach, Florida. It had a contrasting black and white dial and a tachymetric scale on the circumference of the bezel.

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona steel history

The history of the steel Daytona: 1963, 1965, 1988, 2000 and 2016

In 1965 Rolex launched a version with screw-down chronograph pushers replacing the pump pushers on the original model. The screw-down concept prevented the pushers from being manipulated accidentally. The insert for the tachymetric bezel was made out of black plexiglass which gave the tachymeter a clearer design.

After 25 years the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona got a self-winding movement


25 years after the launch of the first model, in 1988, a self-winding Rolex Cosmograph Daytona was launched. Inside it had the calibre 4030 – a real Rolex heart – with an oscillator equipped with a variable inertia balance wheel, Microstella regulating nuts, a hairspring with a Breguet overcoil as well as a self‑winding module with a Perpetual rotor, invented by Rolex in 1931.

In 2000 the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona got a new-generation self-winding chronograph movement – calibre 4130 – specially designed for the Cosmograph Daytona and entirely manufactured in-house.

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 2016 116500LN

The latest Rolex Cosmograph Daytona is a further improved model with a monobloc Cerachrom bezel in high-tech ceramic. It is scratchproof, made out of one piece and the colour is unaffected by ultraviolet rays. The bezel features a very thin layer of platinum within the numerals and graduation via a PVD process.

Inside you will still find the Cosmograph Daytona’s 4130 chronograph movement. Over the years this movement has proven its outstanding quality. The steel version of the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona comes with a white or a black dial and a five-year warranty.

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona movement 4130

The Rolex 4130 chronograph movement

technical data Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 2016
Rolex 4130 | Automatic | Diameter: 30.5 | Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz) | Jewels: 44 | Parts: 201 | COSC certified | Hours, minutes, small seconds, column-wheel chronograph | Power-reserve: 72 hours
Case & dial:
40 mm | 904L steel | Oyster architecture: monobloc middle; case, screw-down; case back and winding crown | Bezel: black monobloc Cerachrom bezel in ceramic with engraved tachymetric scale | Winding crown: screw-down, Triplock triple waterproofness system | Crystal: scratch-resistant sapphire | Dial: white or black | Details: Highly legible Chromalight display with long-lasting blue luminescence | Water-resistance: 10 ATM / 10 bar / 100 metres / 330 feet
Oyster, flat three-piece links | Bracelet material: 904L steel | Clasp: folding Oysterlock safety clasp with Easylink | 5 mm comfort extension link
Price Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 2016 (steel):
approx. € 18.000 | approx. $ 19,500 | approx. £ 16,000

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