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Rolex Daytona vs Rolex Yacht-Master II Chronograph Review (116680) (116500LN)

Contact tmosso@thewatchbox.com for pricing and availability; Either I have it, or I can get it! Rolex Daytona vs Rolex Yacht-Master II is a house divided against itself – and only one Rolex chronograph will stand! Rolex chronographs are not rare, but Rolex chronograph models are few. From roughly 1968 to 2006, the Rolex Daytona stood apart from other Rolex watches as the only chronograph in the catalog of the world’s best known luxury watch brand. The arrival of the 2007 Rolex Yacht-Master 2 not only created an in-house rival to the Cosmograph Daytona, but this event witnessed the Yacht Master 2 take the title of “most complicated” Rolex watch of all time. The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona was born in 1963 as the “Rolex LeMans.” That nomenclature didn’t last long, and the name “Daytona” quickly found itself blazon on the dial of Rolex’s motorsports chronograph. Automatic Daytonas arrived in 1988, and the Rolex in-house caliber 4130 chronograph movement bowed at Baselworld in 2000. 2016 witnessed the arrival of the current Rolex Daytona with stainless steel case and Cerachrom ceramic bezel. As a 40mm chronograph with screw-down pushers and screw down crown, the current Daytona looks much like the landmark 1988 watch. Refinements abound, but the basic shape has been an enduring design. Rolex fits a ceramic bezel with a tachymeter scale for motorsports fans and the occasional racecar driver. The case boasts 100-meter water resistance, and a full Rolex Oyster bracelet and clasp are provided as standard equipment. Although the Daytona 116500LN can be ordered with white or black dials, today’s specimen is the black dial variant. The dial base is a gloss lacquer with white gold hour indices and white gold hands to match. Under the dial sits the Rolex caliber 4130 automatic movement. It is a modern chronograph with column wheel and vertical clutch actuation. The 72-hour power reserve is generous, and Rolex includes robust refinements including a COSC Swiss chronometer certification, a full balance bridge, a free sprung balance with Rolec Microstella balance bolts, an antimagnetic Breguet overcoil hairspring of Parachrom Blue alloy, and stop seconds (hacking) for precise setting. Rolex’s Yacht-Master 2 followed the original Yacht-Master nautical sports watch by 15 years. As a regatta timer, the 44mm steel Yacht Master II ranks among the most specialized complications that Rolex has created in its 114-year history. The regatta timer is designed to count down from a programmed time between 1 and 10 minutes in order to cue the start of a match within a sailboat regatta. Rolex’s caliber 4161 includes a mechanical memory that will retain the programmed countdown time until reprogrammed. A flyback chronograph function is capable of jumping to the previous or next minute depending on which is nearer. The Rolex caliber 4161 is based on the Daytona’s 4130, and its three-day power reserve, balance architecture, COSC chronometer certification, vertical clutch, column wheel, and hacking seconds. The 100-meter water resistance is identical on both watches, and both watches feature ceramic bezel structures. However, the mobile “Ring Command” bezel of the Yacht-Master II is designed to function as a hidden programming control for the regatta timer. The Rolex Yacht-Master II reference 116680 in stainless steel launched at Baselworld 2013, and it has quickly become the most popular Yacht-Master 2 model in the Rolex catalog. Despite the disparity in price when new (the 116680 costs $18,750 to the Daytona’s $12,400), the Yacht-Master becomes the more affordable of the two Rolex chronographs as a used watch. Are you a racing sailor or a race car driver? Rolex Daytona vs Yacht-Master II begins now! Shop this Rolex Daytona: http://bit.ly/2TaAkoU Shop this Rolex Yacht-Master II: http://bit.ly/2NB17om Shop all Rolex watches: http://bit.ly/2uUNJD9 The Rolex Daytona features a 40mm stainless steel case with black Cerachrom bezel surrounding a black dial on a stainless steel Oyster bracelet with folding buckle. Functions include, hours, minutes, small seconds and chronograph. The watch also measures 12.3mm in thickness and 46.6mm from lug-to-lug. The Rolex Yacht-Master II features a 44mm stainless steel case with a blue Cerachrom bezel surrounding a white dial on a stainless steel Oyster bracelet with folding buckle. Functions include hours, minutes, small-seconds and regatta timer. The watch also measures 14mm in thickness and 50mm from lug-to-lug. For complete details, watch the full review! Please subscribe to our channel for the best luxury watch reviews on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/WatchBoxReviews/?sub_confirmation=1 Visit our website at www.thewatchbox.com for the latest pre-owned luxury watch arrivals and industry-leading value in previously loved luxury timepieces.