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Rolex Daytona 116515LN

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Following on the heels of 2016's chronograph-category-killing new stainless Daytonas (ref. 116500LN), Rolex returned in 2017 with three new precious metal "pandas," meaning the dials are a light color and the sub dials black - think about a panda bear's face, white with black eyes and nose. All are standard 40mm Daytona cases, each in a different metal, each with a new reference number: 116515LN, 116518LN and 116519LN. The intensity of the 116515LN's Everose case, sunburst pink dial and glossy black Cerachrom ceramic bezel is out of this world in the sunlight and is a colorway rarely seen, even if we reach back to the vintage world. Complimenting that of course is black text at the 12, Everose enhanced sub dials and the red "Daytona" at the 6. Something completely different for the Daytona line is the new patented Rolex Oysterflex bracelet, which is as high-tech and thoroughly modern a piece of kit as you'll find anywhere. In Rolex's own words, "At its core lies a superelastic metal blade overmoulded with high-performance black elastomer." That should do it. Like all modern Daytonas the 116515LN is outfitted with the august caliber 4130 - an in-house, automatic, chronometer-rated, column-wheel chronograph movement - and Rolex's patented screw-down, Triplock crown so it's covered from all angles technologically-speaking. The hands are Everose and filled with blue glowing Chromalight lume, as are the glossy black baton hour markers, which will remind you in the dark that you're wearing a tool watch first and foremost. The Everose chronograph hand has been trimmed glossy black as well and is tipped with a small arrowhead reminiscent of every Daytona before it. The panda dial on these watches are important because they're part of a design element common to all Daytona Cosmographs: sub dials that in some way contrast the dial. In this case the center of the black dials are "snailed" with engraved concentric circles, while the numerals, hash marks and inner and outer rings are Everose. In 1963 when the Cosmograph was brand new this might have seemed an odd design flourish but it was more utilitarian than fashionable. The Cosmograph was purposely designed for professional racing drivers to wear on-track to calculate speed and time laps during a race so at a glance contrasting dials were easier to read. Originally known only as the Cosmograph, the "Daytona" moniker found it's way to the dial in 1964 during the third year of Rolex's sponsorship of what is now known as the Rolex 24 At Daytona endurance race. If ever there was a sartorially-minded tool watch the Daytona is it. The 116515LN is a beautiful watch that will make you happy every time you put it on - it's got a bit of weight, Rolex's latest innovations, and its own individual character. It will become your constant companion.