It’s hard to believe that it’s been a year since Rolex introduced the pair of steel and ceramic Rolex Daytona replica watches. In fact, a stainless steel Daytona with a black Ceramic bezel is still a challenge to find thanks to its insane global demand. While Rolex unveiled some solid pieces at Baselworld 2017—including new Daytona models—there’s still more buzz around the “older” Daytona ref. 116500LN from 2016.
The “chrom” portion of Cerachrom probably has something to do with the fact that the color of a Rolex Cerachrom ceramic bezel is immune to sun exposure. Therefore, unlike the faded bezels of vintage Rolex Daytona Chronographs copy watches, a Cerachrom bezel should sport the same color six decades from now as it does today. Another appealing benefit of Cerachrom is its resistant to scratches.
Before we take a look at the steel and ceramic Daytona watches, let’s revisit what Cerachrom is and find out why it’s so desirable. The name “Cerachrom” is a combination of “ceramic” and “chrom” (the ancient Greek word for color). This is what Rolex chose to name their particular brand of patented ceramic alloy to be used on the bezels of their contemporary sports watches. The Cerachrom ceramic bezel made its debut in 2005 on the completely redesigned GMT-Master II.
However, Cerachrom is not without its faults. It is quite brittle and can be prone to shattering if it gets knocked at a certain angle. Furthermore, replacing a Cerachrom bezel is vastly more expensive than an acrylic or aluminum one. Yet, many are willing to overlook these points in return for a very attractive component of modern Rolex sports watches, such as the Daytona.
Prior to last year’s launch of the ref. 116500LN, Rolex already offered a few Daytona models with Cerachrom ceramic bezels. But, the Cerachrom was only available on Everose gold and platinum models, thus completely out of reach for many. It was a ceramic bezel on a stainless steel Daytona that everyone wished for.
And finally, over a decade after the very first Cerachrom Rolex watch, the Daytona ref. 116500LN made its grand entrance to a very receptive audience. With its 40mm stainless steel Oyster case, black Cerachrom ceramic bezel, and stainless steel Oyster bracelet, the steel Rolex Daytona ref. 116500LN replica watch was exactly the Rolex chronograph everyone wanted. Don’t forget about its very close relative with a brown dial, the Daytona 116515.