Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona (116500LN) Men’s 40mm Steel Watch: Review


9.9 Price
10 Design
10 Power Source
10 Functionality
10 Overall Quality

The 904L steel, white dial Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona model being reviewed here debuted at the 2016 Baselworld showcase; and one year later, this classic luxury piece is still stunning those who are lucky enough to put it around their wrist.

Brand: Rolex
Type: Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona Men’s 40mm Steel
Model: 116500LN
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The Oyster is Rolex’s famous design and is loved by Rolex collectors worldwide. This Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona (model 116500LN) is a 40mm men’s Oyster timepiece, featuring a bold white dial, black accents, a Cerachrom bezel, and 904L steel.

Technical Specifications and Features:

  • Case Size: 40mm
  • Case Shape: Round
  • Oyster Architecture: Monobloc middle case, screw-down case back, and winding crown
  • Movement: Perpetual Self-Winding Mechanical Chronograph
  • Calibre: Rolex 4130
  • Power Reserve: 72 hours
  • Oscillator: Paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring
  • Dial Type: Analog
  • Dial Color: White
  • Crystal: Scratch-Resistant Sapphire
  • Case Material: 904L Steel
  • Case Back: Screw-down, Solid
  • Bezel: Black monobloc Cerachrom bezel in ceramic, with engraved Tachymetric scale
  • Crown: Winding, screw-down, Triplock triple waterproofness system
  • Band Type: Bracelet — Oyster, Flat three-piece links
  • Band Material: 904L Steel
  • Clasp: Folding Oysterlock with Easylink 5mm comfort extension link
  • Dial Details: Chromalight display with long-lasting blue luminescence; Steel Dial Hands
  • Functions: Center Hour, Minute, and Seconds Hands; Small Seconds Hand at 6 o’clock; Chronograph (center hand) accurate within 1/8 of a second; 30 Minute Counter at 3 o’clock; and 12 Hour Counter at 9 o’clock. Stop seconds for precise time setting.
  • Water Resistance: 100 meters / 330 feet

Power Source

With the quality associated with its name, this Perpetual Oyster is equipped with a calibre 4130, which is a self-winding mechanical chronograph movement created and manufactured by Rolex themselves for this Daytona. Like all Perpetual movements by Rolex, the 4130 is a certified Swiss chronometer, which is designated only for high-precision timepieces that have passed the COSC (Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute) tests.

This chronograph movement features a Parachrom hairspring, which will help to further protect this timepiece from shocks and temperature variations.

Rolex Calibre 4130

The Good

This Daytona is simply stunning in design and functionality. The Oyster bracelet is a great example of the perfect combination of function and form. The Oyster bracelet was introduced in the 1930s and is particular comfortable due to the broadness of the flat, three-piece links. The outer links feature a brushed steel finish while the middle links are polished to perfection — it’s easy to see why the Oyster bracelet remains the most universal one found in the Oyster collection.

The steel case is 40mm in diameter, which is the perfect size for a luxury piece like this one. The dial is pure white, which gives it an exceptionally clean and bright design. The three subdials located on this Oyster are simple and have black rings with white markings around each one. The three central hands are made of polished steel and the hour / minute hands feature a skeleton design with luminous fill near the middle and tip.

The central sweep seconds hand means you will get an accurate reading of 1/8 second, while the two counters on the dial show the lapsed time in hours and in minutes. So, if you are a driver, you can use this watch to accurately map out your track times and tactics.

The Daytona’s chronograph functions are activated by the pushers that screw down much like the winding crown, when they are not in use. This unique screw-down design guarantees water resistance to 100 meters / 330 feet.

The Bad

There are absolutely no negative aspects to this fine, luxury Rolex.


When it comes to functionality, you certainly cannot get any better than Rolex’s famed mechanics and design. This Oyster features a centered hour, minute, and second hand in all-steel. With luminous capabilities, the Chromalight will display with a long-lasting blue luminescence.

In addition to your standard time, this Daytona features a number of additional complications, as well. The center hand is used as the Chronograph and is accurate within 1/8 of a second. The small seconds hand can be found in the subdial at 6 o’clock; the 30 minute counter is located at 3 o’clock; and the 12 hour counter lies at 9 o’clock. The seconds hand sweeps, but this watch also features stop seconds for precise time setting.

To use the chronograph, you simply press the pusher once to start, stop, or reset it — this Rolex produces a crisp and clear click when the pusher is used, and unusually, the engineers at Rolex even perfected the mechanism to suit the ideal finger pressure, so you can get an accurate and immediate start to timing.

The perpetual, mechanical movement is self-winding and has a power reserve of 72 hours, which is, of course, standard with Rolex and still one of the best in the world.

Calibre 4130, 72 hour power reserve

The Highlights

At 2016 Baselworld, this Oyster Perpetual Daytona Cosmograph was a hit, and for good reason. What continues to set this Rolex apart from other brands and collections is the stainless steel construction material. This model features 904L steel for the construction of the 40mm case.

940L steel is mainly used in high tech manufacturing from aerospace to chemical industries, where the steel’s extreme resistance is needed — 904L is also highly polishable and maintains its incredible beauty and functionality even in the harshest environments.

The scratch-resistant Sapphire crystal is the perfect window onto the black and white dial. With a brightness that will make visibility in the sun something special to see, the black accents around the subdials and the bezel are perfect.

In fact, the bezel is black monobloc Cerachrom in ceramic with an engraved Tachymetric scale, visible in matching white. With screw-down pushers as well as a winding down crown, the design of this watch is clearly intended to be functional and gorgeous with the idea of upping the ante in terms of luxury watchmaking and design. The Sapphire will protect the Rolex from any scratches and will offer the best view of your dial one could possibly have.

Finishing off the design is the Oyster bracelet. This is so iconically Rolex — the three-piece links are flat and broad, for a comfortable fit. The exterior of the steel is also finished with excellence. The outer links are brushed while the inner links are highly polished in a way that only 904L steel can shine.

Overall, the dimensions of this Daytona Cosmograph are numerous from its functionality, its features, its luxury grade construction, to the quality of the design and finish.


You can purchase this luxury Rolex Oyster directly from Rolex for $12,400.

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You can also purchase this model at a variety of trusted retailers such as You can find the link below, where this model costs $19,000 brand new.


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