Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Ice Blue Dial 116506 Review

Are you looking for a watch that you could wear while racing a car? If yes, then there’s nothing richer than the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 116506 with ice blue dial. Released on the 50th anniversary of the Daytona in 2013, it has made the perfect jewel for a professional.

There is no better combination than I have seen between these 3 colors – polished platinum band and ice blue dial with a chestnut brown bezel made of ceramic. This unique and classy color combination is what makes the watch look rich and something that not everyone can have.

Technical Specifications

Before we move to the features in detail, let’s take a brief look at this model:

  • Band Material: Platinum
  • Case Material: Platinum
  • Case Diameter: 40 mm
  • Bezel: Chestnut brown Cerachrom with a tachymetric scale
  • Crystal: Sapphire
  • Dial Colour: Ice Blue
  • Water Resistance: Up to 100 metres
  • Chronograph: Mechanical and self-winding
  • Calibre: 4130
  • Precision: -2/+2 seconds per day
  • Rotor: Perpetual
  • Movement: Bi-directional and self-winding
  • Power Reserve: 72 hours (approximately)

What are the Features of This Watch?

This is a model among the Rolex Oyster watches, which are all waterproof and come in a sealed case. The minimum water resistance that any Oyster watch has is about 330 feet or 100 metres. The lowest range starts with 904L stainless steel watches, moving on to 18k gold and the most expensive being 950 platinum.
Coming to the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 116506, following are the exact features of the watch:

Platinum Band and Case

Both the bracelet as well as the outer case of the watch are made of platinum. The metal has been polished, that makes the surface less reflective and is rather milky.
You can totally tell that it is platinum – not just because it is a lot harder, stronger and retaining its shine than the other materials, but also because Rolex has its own way of indicating it. You need to look at the crown of the watch, where you’ll find the logo of Rolex and 3 dots below it. If the middle dot is comparatively smaller than those on the sides, you’ll know it’s an authentic, Rolex platinum watch.

Scratch-Resistant Sapphire Crystal
Rolex always makes sure that it makes durable watches that can withstand the harshest of environments. So, it picks the material that is so hard that only a diamond can scratch it – sapphire. That undoubtedly makes it one of the most expensive yet the best materials to make the crystal. After all, when you’re paying $90,000 for a watch, you’d want it to be worth it, right?

Cerachrom Bezel

The bezel of the watch is made of a ceramic that has multiple colors or shades. In this case, the color is chestnut brown – having both dark and light shades.
You’ll find almost all Rolex watches having a ceramic bezel as they’re scratch resistant in nature and retain colors better than any other material. So, no matter how many times, how long and what conditions you wear your watch in, it will always look brand-new!
Water-Resistant Up to 100 Metres

Rolex Oyster watches are known to be the world’s first waterproof watches. Do you want to know how they do it?
Well, here’s the secret – the bezel, the crown and the case back are screwed to the center of the case. On top of that, when they flute on the bezel, it helps in screwing and sealing it better. This is what precisely prevents any water from entering the watch.

Tachymetric Scale for a High-Performing Chronograph
You just need to press the upper pusher once to start the chronograph. You start and stop the car, after which the tachymeter scale marker can tell you the speed with which you traveled. After that, you can press the pusher again to stop the stopwatch. The good part is that this chronograph can work for 72 hours at a stretch.

Pros and Cons

Now that we’ve taken a closer look at this gem, let’s see of the watch is actually worth its price. Given that they’re made of the finest materials you can find on this planet, here are the plus points you should consider:

  • Always looks new
  • Retains shine and color
  • Can withstand the worst possible environmental conditions
  • Scratch-resistant
  • Waterproof
  • Made of the hardest materials
  • Has a great calibre
  • High-performing chronograph
  • Royal look
  • Has a night mode (where the watch glows)

Can customize the dial shade and the material of the band

Both dial colors available are icy blue, but they have a lighter and a darker shade. If you don’t want a platinum band, you can go for gold too. The materials available for the band include:
Rose gold
White gold
Yellow gold
Combination of Oystersteel and yellow gold
So, if you go for these other materials, it can help you bring down the price of the product. If you want the same color combination at a lesser price, then choosing white gold or Oystersteel would be the right choice, though white gold has a much better finishing.

It has been difficult for me to find flaws in a product that is so fine and elegant. It is indeed class-apart and the best possible model Rolex could come-up with to mark the golden jubilee anniversary of its Daytona watches.


Apart from the regular business class people this watch can also be suitable for car racers and other sports that do not involve diving in the water. Diver watches usually have water resistance starting from 1,000 feet, going up to 12,000 feet also. Even though it has other combinations available, it is worth buying in its original form – with the platinum band and case. That’s because when it comes to Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 116506, the price tells you the quality.

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