If you ask any serious watch connoisseur to name the most iconic and the most desired watch in the whole world, he will surely say “Daytona “- without any hesitation. No other watch has the same awareness and the same distinction as the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona. Launched in 1963 and produced in various versions ever since, it is the ultimate racer’s watch. Still, regardless of its many design variations, the stainless steel models (both white dial and black dial versions) are particularly prized by collectors. I have to admit that I am also very fond of the stainless steel Daytona. My all-time favorite is the black dial. I just feel that no other watch can match the distinctive modern look of the Rolex Daytona II with black dial, black ceramic bezel and stainless steel case.
The Rolex Daytona is constructed to be a very robust watch. Its design and its functions maximize the capability of the watch to serve in sporting events, to calculate and measure average speed and elapsed time via the graduated tachymeter bezel and its chronograph registers on the dial. In fact, the watch earned the nickname “Daytona” after the Daytona International Speedway, during the late 1960s. Sadly, the replica I am reviewing now is just a Japanese version of the beautiful Daytona timepiece and it fails to replicate the complicated functions of the graduated tachymeter bezel and of the small chronograph dials. These are just for decorative purposes and if I might add: flawless imitations in terms of design.
You simply can’t overlook the clarity of this dial. Underneath the sapphire crystal we find a perfectly defined black dial with hour markers and hands highlighted by silver and white lines. And as a reassurance of the unmatched craftsmanship we notice the inner bezel engraved all around the dial with the repetitive word “ROLEX”. The new addition of the Rolex Daytona II is the black ceramic tachymeter bezel, another mark of distinction for this unique timepiece. On the genuine watch, the tachymeter scale, together with the chronograph, can be used to measure average speeds of up to 400 miles per hour. Again, this feature is not available on the very affordable Japanese movement replicas.
The bracelet is constructed with full solid stainless steel links and not with hollow ones like on other lower grade replicas. I was delighted to see that the correct clasp was used, to be more exact, the deploy ant clasp in solid, polished stainless steel. Some people do not like the polished center of the links because it reveals so easily scratches and wear marks, but I consider that when a good quality steel is used this improves significantly the overall look of the watch.
The winding crown has the logo with the three small dots underneath it. This symbolizes the triple lock capability of the Rolex watches, meaning one of the best engineered crown tube/stem assemblies available on a diving watch. The original Daytona II was manufactured with this type of stem and it allows its owners to dive up to 100 meters (approximately 333 feet). Still, this being a replica I wouldn’t recommend anyone to swim or dive with it. It is very nice that it replicates every marking and design particularity of the genuine watch, but in order to preserve your imitation Rolex Daytona in perfect conditions for as much time as possible, it is highly recommended avoiding any water exposure.
Summarizing the characteristics of the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona replica, from the glow of the dial to the sturdiness of the clasp, I find it very difficult to criticize this watch. The couple hundred dollars price of this perfectly replicated Daytona makes spending $10,000 on the original watch seem like an outrageous waste of money
Last modified: July 4, 2013