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The Modern Rolex Chronograph: The Rose Gold Daytona
While the rose gold Daytona was the last one to join the Rolex chronograph party, it seems that Rolex outfits this particular gold Daytona with its most recent innovations. Don’t believe us? Then, check out this trio of Everose rose gold Daytona watches and the innovations they boast.
Rolex Everose Gold
Not content with just creating unforgettable watch designs and technically superior watch movements, Rolex spends much of its research and development on materials too. Case in point is their patented Everose gold alloy. This masterfully blends gold, copper, and platinum for a special pink gold that will not fade over time. Launched in 2005, Everose gold Rolex watches are now a big part of the brand’s offering.
Identical to all current Daytona watches, the rose gold Daytona also features a 40mm Oyster case and a pair of screw-down chronograph pushers flanking the winding crown. As a chronograph watch, the Daytona includes a tachymeter engraved bezel to use in conjunction with the chronograph hand and subdials to time and record events. All modern Daytona watches run on the in-house Rolex Caliber 4130 automatic chronograph movement with 72 hours of power reserve.
Everose Rose Gold Daytona Ref. 116505
Three years after the introduction of Rolex’s Everose metal, the brand unveiled the rose gold Daytona ref. 116505 at Baselworld 2008. Interestingly, on the Oyster case was a new-style bezel with a bolder font and triangles under the numerals instead of dots. It took another eight years for Rolex to include this enhanced bezel on the two-tone Daytona (ref. 116503) and the yellow gold Daytona (ref. 116508).
To match the Everose gold case, the Daytona ref. 116505 is presented on a matching rose gold Oyster bracelet. Also, Rolex offers the rose gold Daytona with a range of dial colors including pink, chocolate, black, and ivory.
Everose Rose Gold Daytona Ref. 116515LN with Leather Strap
In 2011, Rolex debuted the first Daytona watch with a Cerachrom ceramic bezel. And, the rose gold Daytona was selected for the honors. Not only was the Everose Daytona ref. 116515LN the first Daytona to feature the popular black ceramic bezel, it also came equipped with an elegant black leather strap.
The addition of the ceramic bezel and leather strap lends a very distinct style to the rose gold Daytona ref. 116515LN. However, as of this year, Rolex has discontinued the leather band editions of the rose gold Daytona. Therefore, these rose and leather beauties can only be sourced from the secondary market.
Everose Rose Gold Daytona Ref. 116515LN with Oysterflex Bracelet
As of Baselworld this year, Rolex has replaced the leather strap on the rose gold Daytona ref. 116515LN with an Oysterflex bracelet, keeping the same reference number. In fact, along with the yellow gold and white gold versions, the rose gold Daytona is one of the first Rolex chronographs to sport the Oysterflex bracelet.
The Oysterflex bracelet may look like a regular black rubber strap to the untrained eye. However, this is Rolex we’re talking about, so nothing is just that simple! Instead, the construction of the Oysterflex bracelet is actually a titanium and nickel metal blade wrapped in black elastomer for supreme durability and comfort.
Due to its patented material and assortment of Rolex innovations, the rose gold Daytona is the most modern of Rolex chronographs. It proudly sports the Daytona’s iconic style in a completely contemporary way. We welcome you to view a great selection of these sports watches, as well as more iconic styles of preowned Rolex Daytona mens timepieces at BeckerTime.com.