Rolex Daytona 116503 Overview
The Rolex Daytona 116503 is an exquisite timepiece that has skyrocketed in popularity over the last couple of years. The once unaccepted Rolex Daytona collection has made giant strides since its early days of inception. Buyers enjoy the 116503 because of the gold and stainless steel case, and the time-tested calibre 4130 in-house COSC certified movement.
In today’s market there might not be any other watch that is in demand like the Rolex Daytona 116503. They are nearly impossible to find in a case at an authorized dealer and are fetching a premium on the pre-owned market. We attribute the collections stunning aesthetics and movement combined with the massive brand that produces the 116503. When watch enthusiasts think of a sports watch chronograph, it’s either a Daytona or the Moonwatch which come to mind.
The 116503 is engineered with a 40mm gold and stainless steel case, Oyster bracelet, gold bezel, and sapphire crystal. As far as accuracy goes the 116503 is in great hands with the 4130 calibre. The 116503 is accurate up to +/-2 seconds per day, holds a power reserve of 72 hours, has a bi-directional rotor, and comes fitted with at Paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring to reduce magnetic interference. Overall the Rolex Daytona 116503 is a very attractive luxury chronograph for any horological enthusiast.
Rolex Daytona 116503 Features
Featured on the Rolex Daytona 116503 is a centre hour / minute / second hand, small seconds sub dial (6 o’clock), tachymeter scale on the bezel, chronograph centre hand (1/8 second accurate), 30 minute counter sub dial (3 o’clock), 12 hour counter sub dial (9 o’clock), and a stop seconds to assist with accurate time setting.
Launched in 2000, the calibre 4130 is a time tested COSC certified movement that still competes or outperforms many newer calibres from Rolex or other brands. The 4130 is accurate up to +/- 2 seconds per day and boasts a 72 hour power reserve. It wasn’t until recently that the 4130 was the only calibre in the Rolex arsenal that had a power reserve of 3 days.
Over the last 3 years we’ve seen Rolex upgrade their movements in other collections like the 3230, 3235, and the 3285 calibres. We wouldn’t be surprised to see the Daytona 116503 receive a new calibre shortly as well. Let’s hope that when the 116503 movement gets upgraded, this time we get a date function!
|+/- 2 Sec/Day
|Tachymeter, 12 Hr Chronograph, Small Seconds
Rolex Daytona 116503 Pricing & Availability
You can purchase a Rolex Daytona 116503 new at an authorized dealer for $17,950 MSRP or pay a premium and purchase it for around $22,000 on the pre-owned market. If you have the opportunity to buy the 116503 new, it would be unwise to pass it up considering it’s investment value. Most buyers’ only chance to own this watch will be paying the premium on the secondary marketplace.
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Where To Buy The Rolex 116503
The best place to buy a Rolex Daytona 116503 is at an authorized dealer. Unfortunately that is also the most difficult place to buy a 116503. Rolex watches, which include the 116503, are in such demand that it’s very rare to find one available and navigating the waitlist to receive one new is extremely difficult.
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If you have the money, the best place to buy a Rolex Daytona 116503 is on the pre-owned market. Yes, you’ll be paying a premium but that premium eliminates your wait time, hassle of navigating that Daytona waitlist, and costly relationship building at authorized dealers.