Presented in the Spring of 2008, the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Everose (Ref. 116505) automatic chronograph comes packed in a flawlessly executed case crafted from their exclusive “Everose” alloy. Being one of the most revered models in the family, the Daytona series was first introduced in 1949 and is going to celebrate its 60th anniversary next year.
The 116505 sports their iconic Rolex 4130 in-house movement that the Swiss brand has introduced around eight years ago to replace the legendary Zenith El Primero fast-beating movement that used to power previous iterations of Daytona.
Featuring fewer components than a normal chronograph with the same functionality, the movement beats at a standard frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour and stores enough energy to power the watch for as long as 72 hours.
If you don’t plan to wear the watch daily, such an extended “mileage” makes the Daytona more comfortable to use than other chronographs that feature something as mundane as the ETA Valjoux 7750s with their less impressive 44-46 hours of power reserve.
Well, at least you can easily put the watch into a safe on Friday evening and still find it ticking on Monday morning so that you will not have to go into the trouble of rewinding and resetting the little gadget.
The COSC-certified timepiece sports standard for all Daytonas 40mm case with the Triplock winding crown.
Of course, with their decades of experience, Rolex knows a thing or two about how to make a wristwatch comfortable on, um, a wrist (and it shows.) By today’s standards, one can even call the 2008 Daytona “compact” with the effect further emphasized thanks to its relatively short lugs that are further curved to hug your wrist as gently as possible. Yes, every person is unique and your mileage may vary (and that’s why we strongly encourage you to try one on your own wrist first in case you really want to take the risk and order one from an online retailer,) but generally they tend to look good even on a relatively thin wrist.
The dial features the usual layout with a subsidiary seconds sub-dial at 6 o’clock, as well as a 30-minute chronograph totalizer at 3 o’clock, and a 12-hour counter at 9 o’clock. A scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with antiglare coating protects the whole assembly from dust and moisture. The model is currently offered in three versions that include not only one with a black dial (pictured,) but also a version with an ivory one and a blingy variety that comes with a rose gold dial. Personal preferences aside, all three are contrast enough to ensure good legibility in any light.
Just like all modern Daytonas, the Everose is water-resistant to 100 meters, although it is strongly recommended not to use the pushers when underwater since they will probably leak the water inside the precious movement effectively ruining it.
The Ref. 116505 model comes fitted with the Oysterlock bracelet with Easylink adjustment system.
See also: Omega Five Counter Speedmaster Olympic
Rolex Daytona Cosmograph Everose 116505 specification
Price range: $37,000 (MSRP)
Movement: Automatic, Rolex 4130, COSC-certified chronometer, in-house, Swiss Made
Power reserve: 72 hours
Case: 18kt rose gold
Diameter: 40.00 mm
Dial: Black / Ivory / Rose Gold
Hands: Gold, luminous (Superluminova)
Hour markers: Gold, luminous, applied
Water resistance: 100 meters
Strap: Oysterlock bracelet, rose gold
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Back: Solid, rose gold