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Rolex Daytona 116519 18K White Gold

Paul Altieri

The Rolex Daytona 18K White Gold 116519 is the ultimate in luxury wristwatches.  Crafted from a single 18K gold block, this watch represents everything desirable about a Daytona dress watch.

Rolex Daytona 116519 White Arabic Dial
A stunning Daytona 116519 with a leather strap makes for an ideal watch.

The white gold Fliplock deployant clasp, the heavy 40 mm case and the bulky look of this watch make it a favorite for both men and women.  Its hermetically sealed case makes it water resistant to 100 meters in depth, a standard trademark of fine Rolex watches.  While this watch is not a dive watch like the Submariner, it is still comforting to know that it will stand up to hard wear and tear when it has to.

Rolex Daytona 18K White Gold 116519
A Daytona with Arabic numbers and a polished bezel.

Features of the Rolex Daytona 116519

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A Daytona 116519 can come in different straps which completely changes the look of a watch.

The Rolex Daytona Reference 116519 also has a great deal more going for it, such as:

  • Self-winding technology
  • Water-resistant
  • Round button chronograph, register and tachometer
  • Three-body polished and brushed case back
  • Polished and brushed buttons and Triplock winding crown with crown guard.
  • Bezel graduated to 400 units per hour
  • Sapphire crystal

The Rolex Daytona 116519 also features applied radial white gold Roman numerals and square indices on the dial as well as subsidiary dials for the seconds, 12-hour and 30-minute registers.  White gold and black baton hands grace the face of this watch.

Rolex Daytona 18K White Gold
The clamp of the Daytona 116519.

This watch is rhodium plated to protect the gold and features 44 jewel movement with a shock absorber and self-compensating Breguet balance spring.

The Daytona:  A Classic Timepiece

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Truly a classicical timepiece for those involved on the tracks.

The “Oyster” bracelet was first introduced in the 1930s and has now become the “universal” style bracelet in the Rolex collection.  Durable and comfortable, the Rolex Oyster bracelet with its locking clasp has become a standard for these watches.

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A Daytona 116519 with the stickers.

The 4130 Caliber movement provides perpetual self-winding for those wearing these watches.  With fewer components than traditional chronographs, the 4130 is considered extremely reliable.  Coupled with the great Daytona engraved tachymeter bezel specifically designed for racing drivers, this watch can measure speeds up to 400 units per hour.  The sub-dials count 1/8 of a second, minutes and hours respectively.

This watch comes in several metals, including yellow gold, steel and yellow gold, white gold, Everose gold and steel.

With all of these great features, it is no wonder the Daytona has become a classic and one of the best-selling watches Rolex has ever produced.  The 18K Gold Daytona is a wonderful watch for formal wear, although many owners also pair it with less formal clothing.

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Paul Altieri