2021 Rolex Daytona “Meteorite Panda” dial reference. 116508
All-gold and meteorite dial with contrasting sub-counter.
Rolex Daytona is a watch that needs no introduction. There is no doubt that it is one of the most important watches in the Rolex product portfolio, one of the most respected watches in history, and one of the most sought-after models on the market. Although the stainless steel version is understandable, the most famous version, Daytona is a watch, which also works great in precious metals, with countless versions released so far. This year, the brand decided to launch 3 new (but in fact more than these…) highly unique watches, all equipped with a dial that can be named “Meteorite Panda”. Today we take a look at all of the most dynamic, all in gold 116508.
The Rolex Daytona is a watch that can easily adapt to gold. Whether it’s a bit streamlined with a Cerachrom bezel and Oysterflex bracelet, or a very (very) gorgeous outfit when receiving the so-called rainbow treatment-the latter is one of the most difficult models in the Rolex series… But after all, This is good, Daytona has long since become a statement.
Rolex has launched a new version of Daytona in its 2021 series, all equipped with “Meteorite Panda” dials-the novelty lies in these contrasting sub-counters, because the concept of meteorite dials on the Cosmograph is far from new. According to the brand’s initial communication, there is an 18k white gold case with a black Cerachrom bezel and Oysterflex bracelet-the most exquisite of the three, which is very attractive and the most advertised one. In addition, Rolex also launched Two full gold models, one in 18k Everose gold and the other in 18k yellow gold, both are equipped with a metal bezel and a pure gold Oyster strap. But that is for the brand’s official communication, because there are more changes to the meteorite dial…There is more content at the end of the article.
After we first saw the Explorer 36mm model and the improved Explorer II, our early meeting with the Crown gave us the opportunity to see the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Meteorite reference M116508-0015 (very precise), so the all-yellow gold version… To be honest, this watch is pretty gorgeous.
As we explained in the introduction article, the main novelty of these three Daytonas is that their dials are made of metal meteorites. As mentioned earlier, this is not the first time this model has received such dials in the past. However, it mainly appears in references. 116509, platinum model, silver meteorite dial, Roman numerals and matching sub-dial.
This year’s new feature is that the sub-dial is now made in black, which brings better legibility, higher contrast and a more sporty appearance. In addition, the Roman numerals disappeared, replaced by more modern fluorescent markings, and luminous hands partially filled with black PVD.
The base of the dial is a classic so-called metal meteorite, so it is outer space material from an asteroid that exploded millions of years ago. As the brand explains, “During voyages between planets, the fragments of this natural alien material, mainly composed of iron and nickel, cool down by a few degrees Celsius every million years, creating unique crystals in this material. , It’s impossible to recreate on earth.” This produces a fascinating texture, an interwoven internal structure called the Widmanstätten pattern. Replica watches Price
So, how does it feel in metal…? Well, strangely, it is much better than the previous version of Meteorite Daytonas with Roman numerals. Meteorite has some very fascinating things. Due to the uniqueness of the pattern and the metallic luster of the material, it has a lot to do with ambient light and reflects the environment like a sun-brushed dial. What’s more interesting here is that due to the panda layout, from a distance, the watch will look very classic, with a traditional dial. Only when you approach, the true nature of the material will be revealed.
As for the full gold attire of the watch, especially gold, it is obviously not the most cautious. But on the other hand, it was surprisingly attractive again and executed very well. Of course, you can choose a more refined platinum version with a ceramic bezel.
For the rest, there is no evolution. In addition to these new dials, this watch has all your expectations of Daytona. 40 mm case with crown guard, screw-in button, water resistance to 100 meters, triple lock crown, tachymeter bezel and internal 4130 movement. This modern self-winding chronograph is equipped with a column wheel and vertical clutch, with blue Parachrom hairspring. When the chain is fully wound, its power reserve is 72 hours. Rolex’s most advanced chronometer has an accuracy of approximately -2 /+2 seconds per day. swiss Rolex watches
A total of 6 “meteorite pandas” Daytona
Rolex is Rolex, it is always a good idea to look at the website and online configurator. Although the brand decided to emphasize only 3 versions, the “Meteor Panda” dial will provide more versions. You prefer a ceramic bezel, but want an Everose gold case? Of course, it is possible. Do you want a white gold case with an oyster bracelet? Also a possibility. In fact, both combinations-Cerachrom bezel with Oysterflex bracelet or metal bezel with Oyster bracelet-both offer 3 gold alloys-18k yellow gold, 18k white gold and 18k everose gold. All in all, there will be 6 versions of Daytona Meteorite Panda to choose from.
M116518LN-0076-Yellow gold, Oysterflex, Cerachrom bezel
M116508-0015 – Yellow gold, Oyster bracelet, metal bezel
M116519LN-0038-White gold, Oysterflex, Cerachrom bezel
M116509-0073 – White gold, Oyster bracelet, metal bezel
M116515LN-0055 – Everose gold, Oysterflex, Cerachrom bezel
M116505-0014 – Everose gold, Oyster bracelet, metal bezel