It’s pretty surprising that this is our first stainless steel Rolex Daytona replica watch in our shop. From the outset, we’ve wanted to offer one. I remember making a “wish-list” before we even had a plan for putting watches on the site, and included there was a high quality fake Rolex Daytona ref. 116520. This is the watch I’ve been excited about – the black dial, stainless steel case, in-house caliber 4130 movement, Rolex Daytona.
I keep coming back to this one phrase or notion I heard over the past year when viewing, thinking about, and wearing a luxury copy Rolex Daytona. The idea is this: While my gut reaction is that of a contrarian, the greatest, most talked about things often earn that widely accepted reputation because they’re actually that good and, many times, the best. When it comes to a true sport chronograph, it’s just hard to beat a Daytona. So, while the watch is ubiquitous at this point and plastered all over Instagram, in the end, all the love is justified.
This generation of the Daytona is probably as under-the-radar as a Daytona can get. Aesthetically, this watch looks nearly identical to the 1990s Daytonas under the 16500 references with the exception of the chronograph sub-register layout on the dial. For the ref. 116520, the left and right sub-registers are slightly higher, their centers sitting above the central hand stack – this is a quick way of identifying a Rolex cal. 4130 powered Daytona. A lion in the brush, the Rolex Daytona ref. 116520 replica with stainless steel case is the first Daytona with an in-house movement, and there will never be another first.
The black ceramic bezeled copy Rolex Daytona of late has enjoyed a lot of success by looking back at the model’s vintage examples for inspiration. Wearing this particular example of the 116520 on my wrist, I appreciate the neo-vintage feel and vibe calling to the “Zenith” Daytona as well as the wink of ref. 6263 “Big Red” with the red “DAYTONA” text. It’s just enough for me. Here, I’m reminded of the rich history of the watch while allowing this generation to be its own thing. View it in all its glory right here.