Like all Rolex tool watches, the Daytona chronograph began as a stainless steel model. However, also like many Rolex sports watches, the brand now offers more precious versions of their signature chronograph. Nowadays, the material choices of the Daytona chronograph family run the gamut from steel to gold to even platinum. One of our favorites is the white gold Daytona—an understated way to wear gold and sometimes even mistaken for stainless steel from afar. However, one way to quickly distinguish between a steel and white gold Daytona is the presence of a distinct dial or a leather strap, which are only available on the latter. So, today we take a look at three ways to wear a white gold Daytona outfitted with intriguing dials and leather straps.
White Gold Daytona ref. 116519 with Sodalite Dial
An absolutely stunning version of a white gold Daytona is this one equipped with a blue sodalite dial. Cherished for its royal blue hue, the use of sodalite mineral on the Daytona lends a rich look to the face of the watch. Depending on the light, the dial can change colors to show off flecks of darker or lighter shades.
Further embellishing the blue dial are ten diamond hour markers for a touch more luxury. Plus, matching the blue dial of the Daytona ref. 116519 is a deep blue leather strap outfitted with a white gold deployant clasp. Interestingly, Rolex no longer offers leather versions of the Daytona having replaced them all with Oysterflex bracelets earlier this year.
As a modern Daytona, the white gold Daytona ref. 116519 sports a case that measures 40mm along with a tachymeter engraved bezel. Of course, beneath that case sits the in-house Rolex Caliber 4130 automatic chronograph movement.
White Gold Daytona ref. 116519 with Meteorite Dial
While this white gold Daytona has the same reference number and identical sizing and functionality, the dial and strap are different. This time, this particular white gold Daytona ref 116519 boasts an out-of-this-world meteorite dial.
Fashioned from a solid piece of the Gibeon meteorite—found in Namibia—the dial of this particular Daytona ref. 116519 features the coveted Widmanstätten pattern associated with this space rock. On the fascinating dial sits a ring of Roman numerals, in addition to red accents that really pop against the gray shades.
The white gold Daytona with the meteorite dial is paired with a classic black leather strap, also with a white gold Crownclasp folding buckle.
White Gold Daytona ref. 116509 with Mother-of-Pearl Dial
With its classic Oyster bracelet in solid gold rather than a leather strap, this white gold Daytona ref 116509 is substantially heavier to wear. An ultra-luxurious version of the sporty Rolex Daytona, this specific example houses a black mother-of-pearl dial complete with diamond hour markers.
This particular mother-of-pearl and diamond white gold Daytona ref. 116509 is, in fact, still part of the current Rolex catalog. Subsequently, it’s a contemporary iteration of the famous Daytona with a 40mm case and the Rolex Cal 4130 beating within.
Whether you prefer a leather band or a precious metal bracelet, there’s no denying the beauty of the white gold Daytona. Sporty but dressy, robust yet lavish, these stand-out gold Daytona models with distinct dials are a great way to wear Rolex’s signature chronograph.