New Rolex Daytona 126500LN Stainless Steel

New Rolex Daytona 126500LN Stainless Steel Case

Minor changes or the first major upgrade in over 20 years?

In 2023, the legendary Cosmograph Daytona will celebrate its 60th anniversary. During this time, everything was talked and written about the flagship Rolex chronograph Wholesale replica watches. Well, pretty much everything, because for the first time in over 20 years, the watch has undergone a major update. Case, dial, hands, movement…everything has changed with the new Daytona models, except the design. Although at first glance nothing seems to have changed. how so? As always, the details make or break the difference. Let’s talk about them with the example of the new models in steel casings.

Aside from the introduction of ceramic bezels on steel models (2016), the last major update to the Daytona chronograph was in 2000. Rolex then made slight modifications to the case, dial and bracelet, but most importantly, installed in the watch a self-winding Caliber 4130, the first self-winding Rolex movement in the collection. Before that, from 1988, Daytona models had movements based on Zenith calibers.

As for the design, it hasn’t changed much in the past 35 years. At least the new reference model 126500LN is visually very close to the previous 116500LN model, equipped with the same ceramic bezel. In turn, this model comes from the previous steel Daytona, ref. 116520, apart from the bezel, which differs only in the darkened scale of the counter.

In other words, as always with Rolex, this is about evolution, not revolution. The evolution of the new generation of Daytona chronographs has affected every part of the Review replica watches. From the shape of the case and crown protector to the bracelet and hour markers.

The case is thinner and more ergonomic. Stronger bezelsIf you look closely, you can see that the shape of the hull has been redesigned. First, they changed the shape of the ears. The new model removes the asymmetrical features of the previous generation of watches. Their right ear is slightly thinner than their left ear. To improve the ergonomics of the case, the lugs are curved downwards. Previously, they were straight and pointing towards the edge.

Here and under the protection of the crown they call. Guards are now longer, with a pronounced top-to-bottom curve.

While still 40mm in diameter, the case is 11.9mm thick, about 0.5mm thinner than the previous generation. You can’t see it with the naked eye, but Daytona models have always been thinner than most modern self-winding chronographs, with a standard thickness of around 14mm.

The sides of the case are now flatter. The back cover is still screwed on, has corrugated edges and is made of solid steel. The transparent sapphire glass case back is reserved exclusively for the platinum case. The sapphire on the dial is flat, but now the dial glass has an anti-reflective coating. Screw-down crown and chronograph pushers. Water resistance isn’t lost – 100 meters is equally comfortable.

An important change in the design of the bezel is the addition of the same metal-polished bezel as the middle of the case to the solid ceramic element. In this case, steel. This innovation may appear to be just a design touch. But if you take into account the tendency of ceramics to chip easily, then in theory adding a metal ring should increase the strength of the bezel.replica watches online

Curiously, when Rolex first introduced ceramic bezels to the collection in 2016, the novelty was positioned as a nod to vintage watches with Bakelite bezels. At the same time, Rolex is hardly among those brands that look back to the past for inspiration. A notable exception to the no looking back rule is this year’s new 1908 collection, which will replace the discontinued Cellini collection.

Exquisite DialThe dial hasn’t stayed the same either, which is noticeable at even a cursory glance. Key elements of the dial have been reduced in size, giving the watch a more contemporary look. Not only are the pointed hour markers smaller, but there is also more room for phosphor inside.

In line with the changing dial, the pointer has become thinner. Meanwhile, neither the interior cavity inserts nor the black paint strips are gone. The contrast ring of the counter is noticeably narrowed. With all the other changes, there is more air on the dial. It looks more harmonious.high quality cheap watches

slightly modified braceletThe bracelet changes are the most subtle. The new Daytona 126500LN is fitted with a classic three-link Oyster bracelet with brushed outer links and polished center links. The bracelet is equipped with a folding Oyster clasp with a convenient extension mechanism that allows you to adjust the length of the bracelet by 5mm.

Despite the previous 20mm distance between the lugs, the end links appear to be slightly shorter than the previous generation, with the center section protruding less and pointing down for better ergonomics. The bracelet and clasp are also comfortable to use.

New Caliber 4131It’s a pity that the transparent case back is only available in platinum, as this new version of the iconic Rolex chronograph is equipped with a new movement. Again, not brand new but updated, but a complete package with all the latest developments of the brand.

The first is Chronergy’s patented non-magnetic nickel-phosphorus escapement. There is also a Parachrom coil, also insensitive to magnetic fields. And the Paraflex anti-shock system, created back in 2005, ensures a stable position of the balance spiral without risking deformation.Discount replica watches

Otherwise, the new movement is of the same design as its predecessor, with the same column wheel and vertical clutch, ball-bearing oscillating weight and single barrel that offers a power reserve of up to 72 hours. In terms of accuracy, the new Daytona, like all modern Rolexes, is a certified chronometer with an error of -2/+2 seconds per day.

Although the mechanism is hidden behind the caseback, it’s important to mention the trim changes. Rolex has updated the classic Côtes de Genève, adding polished grooves on each strap.

The steel version of the new Daytona is still available with a black or white lacquered dial.


As for replica watches Price availability, you shouldn’t expect anything new here. The steel Rolex Daytona has long been one of the most sought after watches. This will not change even if Rolex is ramping up production and plans to open a new factory in Buhler in 2029.