Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Mother of Pearl Diamond Steel and 18K Yellow Gold Men’s Watch: Review

As far as luxury goes, everyone knows of Rolex’s legendary dedication to creating the finest quality timepieces in the world.

This 40mm Rolex features a Stainless Steel and 18K Yellow Gold combination to form a solid foundation for the classic Mother of Pearl dial face to sit upon. This Cosmograph Daytona model by the luxury watchmaker giant is an absolutely stunning men’s timepiece that is out of this realm.


Brand: Rolex
Type: Cosmograph Daytona Mother of Pearl Diamond Steel and 18K Yellow Gold Men’s
Model: 116503MDO



This Rolex has an outstanding number of features that make this Cosmograph Daytona a fine example of luxury watchmaking. The 40mm case, as well as the bracelet with Oyster clasp, are made from Stainless Steel with 18K solid Yellow Gold. The dial is a stunning Mother of Pearl with diamond hour markers residing underneath the scratch resistant Sapphire crystal.

The automatic movement is among Rolex’s best, with a Rolex Calibre 4130 engine and an impressive power reserve of 72 hours. As with all Rolex’s, this timepiece is water resistance and features a busy dial complete with subdials and chronograph. This analog watch is an absolute classic and a luxurious choice for the classic and sophisticated man.


Technical Specifications and Features:

  • Case Size: 40mm
  • Swiss-Made
  • Case Shape: Round
  • Case Material: Stainless Steel and 18K Yellow Gold
  • Dial Type: Analog
  • Dial: Mother of Pearl
  • Crystal: Scratch Resistant Sapphire
  • Movement: Automatic
  • Engine: Rolex Calibre 4130
  • Jewels: 44
  • Dial Hands: Gold-Tone
  • Dial Markers: Diamond
  • Bezel: Fixed
  • Bezel Color: Gold with Black Engraved Numerals/Markers
  • Bracelet Material: Stainless Steel and 18K Yellow Gold, Rolex Oyster
  • Clasp: Oysterlock
  • Crown: Screw Down
  • Subdials: 3
  • Power Reserve: 72 Hours
  • Water Resistance: 100 meters (330 feet)
  • Functions: Chronograph, Hour, Minute, Second
  • Features: Diamond, Gold, 3 subdials (60 second, 30 minute, and 12 hour), Mother of Pearl, Minute Markers around Outer Rim of Dial.

Power Source

This Rolex Cosmograph Daytona model features an Automatic movement. Using a Rolex Calibre 4130 Calibre engine, this movement has a power reserve of 72 hours and contains 44 jewels. This is far superior than other luxury movements which typically last around 42 to 48 hours.

Swiss-Made Rolex Calibre 4130 Automatic Movement, 44 Jewels

The Good

There are a number of positive features and aspects to this incredible Rolex. The main case and bracelet construction is made up of high grade stainless steel with solid 18K Yellow Gold bracelet links, screw in crown, and push buttons. The fixed Gold bezel is highly polished with black engraved numerals and markers that act as a Tachymeter.


The hour is indicated on the Mother of Pearl dial by a single diamond that sits in a Gold setting. The Gold-tone dial hands include an hour, minute, second, and three subdial hands. Including a chronograph feature, the dial also displays three subdials: 60 second, 30 minute, and a 12 hour, respectively, which are located at the 3, 6, and 9 o’clock positions.

With Rolex’s famous water resistance of 100 meters (330 feet), you can wear this timepiece with assurance that it will not be damaged by water.


The Bad

There are no negative features or construction aspects to this fine timepiece.


The most desirable feature of this Cosmograph Daytona is the outstanding Mother of Pearl dial face. With small, black second markers ticking at the outer rim of the dial, the hour markers are also stunning, each indicated with a real diamond in a Gold setting. At the 3, 6, and 9 o’clock positions, the hour is marked by “15,” “30,” and “45” to indicate the seconds.

The subdials are also made of Mother of Pearl, rimmed with Gold-tone with Gold-tone hands and black markings.

The entire stainless steel and 18K Yellow Gold construction of the case and bracelet offer a luxury look of silver and gold tones that are repeated throughout the entire design.

Rolex Water Resistance Testing
Rolex Water Resistance Testing


The Cosmograph Daytona functions with perfection. With a high caliber Automatic movement, a superior water resistance, high quality 18K Yellow Gold and Steel construction, and Mother of Pearl dial featuring diamonds, this Rolex has not only the looks but the functionality to match.

There are three subdials featured: 60 second, 30 minute, and 12 hour. This chronograph watch can mark and keep the time with reliability and precision.


You can purchase this Rolex Men’s Cosmograph Daytona at a variety of trustworthy retailers. While this model retails for $21,600, you can find a few sellers who are offering it for a few thousand off.

** Recommended ** Jomashop: $16,950 (Flash Sale). Price will remain until Nov. 25, 2016.

DiscountShop: $17,787.


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