The Rolex Daytona 116520 was released in 2000, the year Daytona transitioned from a Zenith El Primero based movement (Caliber 4030) to the Caliber 4130, an entirely in-house Rolex movement. The stainless steel 116520 was the first to feature this new Caliber 4130. In 2016, the new Daytona was released, the 116500LN. So which is “better?”
Both designs are steel models with a 40mm Oyster case, screw-down pushers and winding crown, in either a black or white model, and chronographs with the Oyster bracelet. However, the main difference is on the bezel. The older Daytona has a steel bezel with a tachymeter scale engraved while the newer Daytona features a black Cerachrom ceramic bezel.
Although both watches run on the same Calibre 4130 automatic chronograph movement, the 116500LN has an increased warranty to 5 years as opposed to 2 and a better accuracy rating of 2/+2 seconds per day. Both watches have caught the attention of enthusiasts on the secondary market. As the hottest Rolex collection on the market today, all Daytona models have seen a strong price increase over the last 4 years.