While the Rolex Daytona comes in a range of metals including platinum, steel and three shades of gold, no model is as varied as the yellow gold Daytona. In addition to the gold vintage manual-wound Daytona watches, there’s a very large assortment of yellow gold automatic Daytona chronographs. Read on as we review different types of automatic yellow gold Daytona timepieces manufactured over the last three decades.
Yellow Gold Daytona Watches with Metal Bracelets
The most ubiquitous of yellow gold Rolex Daytona watches are the ones whose 40mm Oyster cases come equipped with a matching yellow gold Oyster bracelet. In fact, there are three main references of this particular type of yellow gold Daytona.
First, there’s the yellow gold Rolex Daytona ref. 16528 powered by the Zenith-based Caliber 4030 that made its debut in 1988. Following that, there’s Daytona ref. 116528 that came out at Baselworld 2000 and runs on the Rolex in-house Caliber 4130.
The latest full yellow gold Rolex Daytona is the ref. 116508 that was introduced just last year with minor bezel enhancements, in addition to an improvement to the accuracy rating of the Caliber 4130 to -2/+2 seconds per day.
Yellow Gold Daytona Watches with Leather Straps
A dressier way to wear the Rolex Daytona with yellow gold is on a leather strap rather than the sportier Oyster bracelet. The inaugural yellow gold Rolex Daytona with a leather strap is the Zenith Daytona ref. 16518, which Rolex presented in 1992. The strap comes outfitted with a yellow gold folding deployant clasp.
Similar to the progression of the metal bracelet Daytona, a Caliber 4130 yellow gold Daytona with a leather strap followed in the 2000s with the ref. 116518. Although the leather versions of the Daytona chronographs are great models, Rolex recently discontinued them to make way for a new type of bracelet.
Yellow Gold Daytona with Oysterflex Bracelet
Just this year, at Baselworld 2017, Rolex unveiled a brand new gold Daytona ref. 116518LN to replace the leather models. This particular Daytona is presented on the new black Rolex rubber strap dubbed the Oysterflex bracelet. Rather than just a simple rubber strap, the Oysterflex is actually composed of a titanium and nickel metal blade enveloped in black elastomer.
Along with the black Oysterflex bracelet, the gold Daytona ref. 116518LN also sports the highly popular black Cerachrom ceramic bezel. Special Gem Edition Yellow Gold Daytona Watches
And finally, rounding out the selection of yellow gold Daytona chronographs are some special gem edition ones. We’re not referring to the diamond dials that are an option on most yellow gold Daytona watches. We’re talking about lavish Daytona jewelry watches.
For instance, there’s the “Leopard” Daytona ref. 116598 SACO with a leopard print dial, diamond indexes, 36 cognac baguette-cut sapphires on the bezel, diamonds on the lugs, and a leopard print leather strap. Furthermore, there’s also the Rainbow Daytona ref. 116598 RBOW with, as its name suggests, 36 colorful baguette-cut sapphires on the bezel that resembles a rainbow.
As you can see, the most varied type of Rolex’s signature chronograph is the Rolex Daytona mens yellow gold timepiece. No other Daytona comes close to offering the variety of caliber choices, bracelet options, and jewelry editions as the iconic yellow gold Daytona does.