If you ask what the best chronograph is ever, you will probably get Rolex Daytona as the answer. Among modern chronographs, Daytona has obvious superiority with its case, movement, dial, and several other details. Aside from the stainless steel Daytona legend, we can see that other models in the family also have impressive features. The Rolex Daytona 116588TBR, which is the guest of our Hands-On corner today, is exactly one of those examples.
Ref. 116588TBR is definitely not a watch to suit all tastes. Just looking at the pictures is enough to understand that the model has a dazzling, even flamboyant design for many. Well, I am sure Rolex did not make this watch for you to wear when you work out. Rolex Daytona 116588TBR is made for those who want to blend the glamor of yellow gold with the fascination of the diamonds. No, it is definitely not for the new money type rich people, but rather for the red carpet celebrities, or the pop stars who are being followed by millions. Daytona is a watch that can be worn by men and women. Talking about this particular model, the female watch enthusiast seems to be the main target, but at the end of the day, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
The model comes in a 40mm diameter case made of 18K yellow gold. Unlike many watch brands, Rolex manufactures its own cases and is able to provide the highest quality products to its customers at all times thanks to the high-quality standards in its foundry. The bezel is decorated with baguette cut diamonds. Moreover, hundreds of diamonds are used in the dial. The gold dial has hand-embroidered designs as well as the golden Rolex emblem and 15, 30, 45 inscriptions. For the remaining indexes, again diamonds were used. Not all this glamour means that the watch will only be used with an elegant tuxedo or an evening dress as the model is water resistant to 100 meters. Therefore, Rolex Daytona 116588TBR can accompany you both on land and in water.
Rolex Daytona models are equipped with the automatic Caliber 4130, developed and manufactured in-house. The movement beats at 28800vph and offers a power reserve of 72 hours. The chronograph complication of the caliber that offers an accuracy of -/+2 seconds per day, is considered as one of the most refined examples of the watch industry.
The Rolex Daytona 116588TBR comes on a black rubber strap called Oysterflex, which offers maximum comfort and security with its patented design. The flexible titanium blades on the inside of the strap offer unparalleled comfort on the wrist. The folding clasp attached to the strap is made of 18K yellow gold just like the case and has an Easylink micro-adjustment link.
The model, Rolex Daytona 116588TBR, is definitely not suitable for every budget with a list price of 98.300CHF. Well, that's not the point anyway. The ugly truth...