Why such bad feelings about a watch that is, after all, one of the most iconic and most sought-after timepieces of the entire industry, whatever the era? To answer you, there are many watches that I personally won’t buy, but in case of the Rolex Daytona, we are many steps further. It is a combination of different aspects, most of them being far from objective. First of all, there’s the look. Since 1989 and the automatic versions, the Daytona has, to me, lost its tool aspect. It is shiny, rather bulky, badly proportioned (that fat shiny bezel), too polished and overall, quite blingy.
Then, there’s the unbalanced case, with a thin left side and a bulky right side. And I’m not even talking about the screwed pushers that I find useless and unpractical on a daily basis. And if I always found the steel versions too monochromatic and thus missing some contrast, the gold versions Rolex daytona copy watches were even less appealing, especially because of the public representation they had – a sort of statement watch, telling “look, I made it.”
This leads us to the other and properly personal reasons why I didn’t like the Rolex Daytona: its aura, its image, what it says as an object when worn. I’ve always disliked that fake-exclusivity driven by low deliveries to retailers. I don’t like how this watch can be so sought-after, even if it remains, after all, a simple sporty chronograph from a mainstream brand (with all due respect to Rolex, which I consider one of the best manufactures around). I also don’t like how some people use this watch to show to the world how they succeed. Where’s the passion in that? After all these bad feelings, you might think I’m excessive, however, consider one thing: I have a lot of respect for the brand and the model, and without the image that is linked to this watch, I would certainly not be that harsh on the Rolex Daytona.
So what could well the reasons why I have changed my mind so quickly about the Rolex Daytona, to finally get to the point where I can say “I love the new 2017 Rolex Daytona Gold / Ceramic / Oysterflex.” First of all, it is not advertising money from Rolex that leads me to this point – first of all, there is none, and secondly that’s not how we work at Monochrome! In the case of the 2017 Gold Daytonas, it’s all about the look, the balance, the details and the right codes, which finally talk to me. Yet, before that, we have to look back at the 2016 Steel/Ceramic version to understand.
In fact, I started to drastically change my mind about the Rolex Daytona replica watches in 2016, when “the Crown” introduced the version that we were all expecting, a steel watch, with a (kind-of) panda dial and, main attraction, a black ceramic bezel. Yes, I know that it still shines, yes it still has the screwed pushers, but yet, I was part of the dozens (hundreds? thousands?) of collectors who changed their minds about the Dayto. That black ceramic bezel adds some lightness, some modernity, a slightly more tool-ish and sportier style, and overall the right contrast that you expect from such a chronograph. Yet, even if I could have pushed the “buy it now button”, I would express one or two reservations about this 116500LN. The first one being about the steel bracelet, which still features polished central links – and overall, I think there’s too much metal/steel in this watch… The second reservation is about the hype that surrounds this watch, and that alone was making me doubtful. I know it is highly subjective and has nothing to do with the overall quality of the watch, yet, it was a strong deterrent. But Rolex was on its way to convince me to change my mind…