Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 116520

Par Florian Matrion, le 4 novembre 2010
Cosmograph Daytona 116520
Cosmograph Daytona 116520
Diaporama
Some wait for it for several months; others buy it more expensive in second-hand shops than new...If a Rolex unleashes passions, it is the Cosmograph Daytona. We have tested it for you.
Exclusive! review of the Cosmograph Daytona 116520. Manufacturer data, photos, editor's opinion and watch retail price on thewatchobserver.co.uk
L'avis de la rédaction
79/100
Note des internautes
83/100

Slideshow = 16 photos to see this watch from every angle.

 

Foreword

The Daytona collection was launched at the beginning of the 1960's.
If its success has first been uncertain, it has not stopped growing since to make the Cosmograph Daytona becoming the emblematic model of Rolex.
Proof of this being the astronomical values that reach nowadays the vintage models, that cannot be found for less than €20,000 (References 6239, 6263, or 6265, to name but this three models).

Today, the model made of steel is the most wanted.
But its "scarcity", carefully kept by Rolex, leads to an overprice on the second-hand market, where the prices are often higher than the prices of new items.

 

The quality of the case and the dial's realization is excellent, but unadorned, as usual with Rolex.

 

An excellent quality of manufacturing

First assessment, this Daytona is undoubtedly a Rolex: the quality of the case and the dial's realization is excellent, but unadorned.

The whole is very sober – regardless of this invasion of literature on the dial.

The case is completely polished and only a slight guilloche work of the chrono counters breaks a little the uniformity of the immaculate white dial – that could almost be taken for enamel.

 

Around the wrist, the comfort is excellent, thanks to a reasonable diameter and to a surprisingly contained weight.

 

The movement

After using various outsider movements (like the famous Zenith's El Primero), the Daytona is, since 2000, equipped with the 4130 movement, first and unique chronograph caliber produced by Rolex.

The 4130 has been conceived to offer an unfailing reliability with a total of component reduced to the maximum (to 290, the idea being to reduce to the minimum the chances of failure) and a shockproof and antimagnetic Parachrom spiral (recognizable thanks to its blue color).

Very easy to handle (the release of the chronograph is sharp but smooth), the 4130 is really the major asset of this watch.
Its decoration remains primary. But it is anyway hidden behind a full back...

 

The screwed push-buttons of the chronograph (unscrewed on this photo), part of the model's identity, are esthetically very well realized.

The functionality

The screwed push-buttons of the chronograph, part of the model's identity, are esthetically very well realized. Just count the amount of manufactures that has borrowed the concept to Rolex for a long time as a proof.

But a mythical watch is not always synonymous with a perfect watch.

Thus, the functionality of these push-buttons could be improved, the daily use of he chronograph being quite tedious: the two push-buttons have to be unscrewed then screwed back in order to operate the chronograph.

 

As for the readability is not always optimum.
At night, the hands are desperately short of luminous material to be perfectly legible.
In the daytime, the reflections of the untreated anti-reflection sapphire glass make the hands sometimes a little bit difficult to make out.

Another regret: the folding clasp does not benefit an internal finishing worthy of a watch of such quality...

 

Conclusion

Purchasing a Cosmograph Daytona, is like acquiring a mythical watch and a fantasy realm – not to say an iconic object – for many watch enthusiasts.
It is also about accepting an immediately recognizable watch among other kinds, which will not suit those who are looking for discretion.

 

Pros:

  • a “mythical” watch for the Rolex's enthusiasts
  • a trustworthy and well-conceived movement
  • the quality of manufacture
  • an excellent quoted value on the second-hand market.

 

Cons:

  • the overabundance of literature of the dial
  • a perfectible legibility
  • the internal finishing of the clasp
  • a watch that might not go unnoticed

 

Further information:

  • journalist's wrist = 17 cm
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Données constructeur

Marque
Modèle
Référence constructeur
Boîtier (matière)
Diamètre boîtier (hors couronne)
Diamètre boîtier (avec couronne)
Mouvement
Calibre
Base calibre
Fonctions
Verre
Capacité de la réserve de marche
Fond transparent
Entre-cornes
Longueur corne à corne
Hauteur boîtier
Etanchéité
Bracelet (matière)
Boucle (type)
Boucle (matière)
Poids total

L'avis de la rédaction 79/100

Confort / Agrément (/15)
détail Mouvement (/20)
Optimisation / Décoration du mouvement (/5) 0
Agrément de manipulation et de réglage (/5) 0
Contrôle du mouvement par la Manufacture / distinctions diverses (/3) 0
Capacité de la réserve de marche (/2) 0
Complications (/5) 0
détail Finitions (/20)
Finitions cadran (/6) 0
Finitions boîtier (/6) 0
Qualité du travail de déco° / gravure du fond de boîte (/2) 0
Qualité du verre (/4) 0
Finitions de la boucle (interne et externe) (/2) 0
détail Fonctionnalité (/20)
Lisibilité diurne (/5) 0
Lisibilité nocturne (/4) 0
Etanchéité (/3) 0
Facilité de réglage et de changement du bracelet (/4) 0
Sécurité / solidité de la boucle (/4) 0
détail Bonus (/10)
Série limitée (/3) 0
Montre fournie avec plusieurs bracelets (/2) 0
Qualité de la boîte et de la sur-boîte (/1) 0
Portabilité avec manches de chemise fermées (/2) 0
Présence de "goodies" (/1) 0
Intelligibilité du booklet (/1) 0
Rapport qualité / prix (/15)
Pour quelles occasions ? Quand la porter ?

Note des internautes 83/100

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