Congrats on your 16520 Daytona!!! Definitely one of my favorite watches, and back when they were new it was my "Grail watch." daytona stuff (Click to show)
Although, the 16520 is not as technically advanced as the out going 116520, I prefer it to the now out going model. I liked that it is truly one of the last Rolex watches to have a lot of hand workmanship as there were numerous modifications to the El Primero base movement. In addition, I prefer several of the aesthetics of the 16520, such as the symmetric subdial placement rather than them being shifted upward a few degrees. I like the contrast of the black subdial trim rings against the white dial more than the silver, and the smaller more elegant hour markers, which give it a slightly dressier feel than the larger lumed markers of later models. Also, when the 116520 was first released the hands and hour markers looked mismatched to me, as they retained the thin hands of the 16520 but gave it the thicker hour markers and lum on the dial. Thankfully Rolex resolved that issue by around 2005 with the "Fat hand" versions.
Anyway, congrats on the new addition! Enjoy it in good health my friend!
It's funny how details that are insignificant in reality, such as the subdial colour/placement and the lug finish, make it almost justifiable to have two of pretty much the exact same watch.
I know it's a subject we've covered a bit before, but I just wanted to mention that your earlier contributions — I first started reading the original SF watch thread in 2008 — were an influence in my taking interest in Rolex in general, and the Daytona in particular. There's just so much misinformation that gets repeated about the manufacturer, and I started out believing it, unfortunately.
Oh well — as Aldous Huxley once said, the only completely consistent people are dead.
One of the things I appreciate the most about this thread: I find that the discussion brings out real opinions, but tends to lack (with some exceptions) the browbeating and zealotry that can be found on some forums. It also isn't over-moderated to the point where straying from the party line results in a ban. May it long continue that way.
As an aside, it's interesting that the internet often reinforces ignorance, as one can easily find material to reinforce any prejudice one has, no matter how irrational it is. Further reading for anyone who's interested: Dr. Steve Dutch — "Self-Appointed Experts"
@Belligero, great watch! Congrats.
Did I remember correctly that you have a 116520 as well? Will it survive the culling?
One great thing about the earlier Daytona is that the low-profile, all-brushed 78360 bracelet fits, and was in fact what the watch was equipped with for the first few years of the production run. So it's possible to switch up the look and (at least for my particular style) make the watch even more versatile, as well as keeping those polished links on the original bracelet from getting scuffed to hell. Or one can go in the opposite direction and put it on Jubilee:
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As much as I've come appreciate most of Rolex's modern stuff, the older ones are just more special to me. Of the watches I actually wear, I'd likely cull starting with the modern ones in last-in/first-out order; i.e. E2 out first, then OPs, then SD, then it gets a lot tougher...
And to be honest, I'd better get on it, because need still need maintenance whether they get worn daily, weekly or monthly, or just sit in a dark box. Something to consider for anyone who's thinking about the quality vs. quantity thing when it comes to watches.
So from first impressions, the 16520 could give the plexi GMT a serious challenge if I had to choose "the one", because I think it's a great combination of old-school charm and modern no-stress wearability. (Not that I ever stress about the 1675.) I just hope I'm never forced to make the choice between those two. :P
Edited by Belligero - 6/3/16 at 4:36am