A new Daytona day is always an exciting day, and this one is no exception. Rolex has taken three of its gold Daytonas and added a beautiful meteorite dial to them. These three configurations are. From a technical point of view, these are the same Daytonas you’ve known for years. Same 40mm gold case, same black ceramic or gold bezel, same 4130 movement, and same Oyster strap or rubber and metal Oysterflex “bracelet”. These are all great things and I’m glad Rolex didn’t tamper with the formula for success.
That said, the meteorite dial gives the cheap replica watches a personality of its own. Rolex has been using meteorite dials for a while now, and not too long ago you could buy the Ref. 116509 Daytona with a meteorite dial, even though it was only offered in the less popular Roman numeral design. This is the first time we’ve seen a meteorite dial with a ceramic bezel on a Daytona, and it matches the watch perfectly. The black bezel adds some contrast and frame, bringing out the crystalline texture of the meteorite in the process. These three watches also join the Rolex Meteorite family together with the Day-Date 40 and the GMT-Master II.
Since we’re talking about Rolex, these watches are not technically limited editions, but you can bet everyone will have a years-long waiting list by the time you finish reading this sentence.
In general, I’m a huge fan of meteorite dials, and these look absolutely stunning. Rolex has taken some of the hottest rolex replica watches on the planet and managed to make them even more desirable and collectible.
There are so many poetic reasons to love meteorite dials – the ability to wear something that is not of Earth, the long history of meteorites and the universe, and our relationship with time. In particular, I really like the white gold/Oysterflex model. It has a great visual impact and would look great on the wrist.
While I also like the monochromatic, low-contrast vibe of the Diamond and Shooting Star Day-Dates, these Daytonas have a strong look that I think works very well. The black subdial is very different from the black bezel on the white gold model. It’s hard to say how great this effect will be in person, but I can’t wait to see all three of these chronographs in person.