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Rolex 116500LN Panda

Rolex Daytona 116500LN (Panda)

The Rolex Daytona 116500LN is a modern descendant of the classic Rolex Panda. It’s a luxury sports watch with a formidable pedigree.

This is a timeless timepiece that combines design excellence with outstanding performance. It embodies the continuity between the classic and the contemporary that characterises Rolex watches.

Main Design Features of the Rolex Daytona 116500LN

The Rolex Daytona originally earned its Panda nickname from its white chronograph dial with black sub-registers. The visual effect of the main white dial with these three black circles recalls a panda’s facial features.

This contemporary version, the 116500LN, has thick black outlines around its sub-register dials. It’s the equivalent of a next-generation Rolex Panda. The LN in the watch’s code refers to its black bezel. This is made of Cerachrom. This is the patented Rolex ceramic material that protects the bezel from scratching, corrosion and the effects of UV rays.

This bezel is a bold demonstration of the Daytona’s functionality as a reliable timekeeping tool for endurance racing drivers. It has a tachymetric scale for measuring average speeds up to 400 miles per hour. The style is very reminiscent of the 1965 Daytona model that had a black plexiglass bezel insert.

The bezel holds the sapphire crystal in place firmly over the dial, ensuring it stays waterproof and protected. The display on the white dial is in highly legible Chromalight. The second hand provides accurate readings to one-eighth of a second. The chronograph counters on the dial are designed to enable drivers to work out their track times.

The Rolex Daytona is fitted with an Oyster bracelet. This is a fundamental part of the watch, ensuring it fits comfortably on your wrist. The folding Oysterlock safety clasp keeps it there securely.

Superior Movement

What goes on inside the Rolex Daytona 116500LN is just as important as its aesthetics.

The perpetual, self-winding mechanical chronograph is extremely precise. It uses the 4130 calibre movement, unique to Rolex. The design of this movement means it requires fewer components than a standard chronograph movement. With fewer moving parts, you get less friction. This improves the watch’s reliability.

Why Does Everyone Desire a Daytona?

If you see a Rolex Daytona, grab it. This model is so sought-after that it pretty much comes with a waiting list as standard. Why are people willing to wait? This is an incredibly desirable watch. It holds its value in the marketplace.

When you buy a Rolex Daytona, you’re investing in something for the future, as well as the pleasure you get from it in the here and now. The most famous Rolex Daytona Panda is the model once owned by actor Paul Newman. This model fetched an impressive $17.5 million at auction.

Realistically, that isn’t going to happen to your Rolex Daytona 116500LN, but it tells you something about its lineage and the prestige these watches command.

History of the Rolex Daytona

Daytona is a city in Florida. It began attracting motorsport followers in the early decades of the twentieth century. The first stock car race took place at Daytona Beach Road Course 1936.

NASCAR (the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing) created the Daytona Speedway in 1958, which became home to the sport’s most prestigious race, the Daytona 500. Over roughly the same period, Rolex was building a formidable reputation as a manufacturer of chronograph wristwatches, including one worn by the racing motorist, Sir Malcolm Campbell.

There were various ancestors to the Daytona, including the Rolex Oyster Chronograph, preceding the first Cosmograph. Early Cosmograph watches weren’t known by the Daytona name. In fact, Rolex first christened this timepiece Le Mans in its first advertisements for it.

Ultimately, however, the Daytona became the name of choice, and it first appeared on the actual watch dial in 1965.

Since then, there has been a sequence of different Daytona models, with variations in the core style, making many of them highly collectable. The Rolex approach to upgrading its models has always been subtle and incremental. Therefore, the Daytona you wear today has much in common with previous watches bearing the same name.

Buy a Rolex Daytona 116500LN and you’re investing in a link in a long chain of craftsmanship, precision, elegance and excellence.

Where Can I Buy a Rolex Daytona 116500LN?

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