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Ok ok I say WOW! Itís the ARF DAYTONA 116500LN (very pic heavy)

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  • Ok ok I say WOW! Itís the ARF DAYTONA 116500LN (very pic heavy)

    You may have seen this on our sister forums but felt it was only right to share on our new home for any members that might find it useful!

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    Good afternoon to you all around the globe!




    Firstly Iíd like to say I am happy we are all here back where we belong. I had written this post during our tough times in order to have it ready for you all so we can get being back to doing what we do best.. Geeking out and discussing pictures of new watches!




    Every now and then a watch comes along which takes the hobby a whole leap up. I think this ARF Rolex Daytona is one of them. I think people focusing on the non Chrono part of this movement are missing out big time. This watch is barely thicker than the gen and sits perfectly on the wrist. Iíd take that over functioning Chronos any day of the week and the big second hand working is the cherry on the cake so you canít really call it out.




    In all my years in this hobby I had never even given the Daytona a second thought due to the previous versions being obscenely thick clunker compared to Gen which is a super obvious tell. Then along comes the ARF Daytona in 904l steel. Honestly this watch is special looking. Iíve been lucky enough to own 4 gen ceramic rollies in my time and I do think the ďshineĒ that gen owners speak of is very present and near perfect on the ARF. I tend to be obsessed with modding every watch in my collection. This one only needed the bracelet to have a night in baby oil and the rotor silencing. As the old saying goes, itís ďrunning like a champ!Ē




    A few years back I once tried the original white dial Daytona and felt it wore way too small than my gen hulk. The ceramic bezel was such a great addition and beefs it up a bit!




    The cost of this watch in gen form is hugely inflated especially here where I live (they are selling like hot cakes on Blowers etc for £15k which is amazing to me!) honestly I personally feel this thing is so well made Iím getting a ton of the enjoyment before even modding it!




    I would also say fellow members beware on QC pics I think people have gone a bit mad on rejecting these watches for silly reasons that you canít see on the wrist. Thereís even gens on the TRF 116500 thread with slightly misaligned 60 markers on the bezels! Mine was delivered in 3 days flat days before Xmas from Seadís EU stock because it had been rejected and Iím so happy with it. Even in some of my pictures you will see the bezel markers look a little flat but in real life and on the wrist itís perfect IMO no paint mods needed here!




    As always I will let the pictures do the talking and see what you, the real professionals, think.


















































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      When David meets Goliath!




























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      • #4
        Awesome post!! I have been enjoying mine during our down time.

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        • #5
          Great pics, very gen like watch.
          also such a nice AR crystal...
          i think the hardest choice to make is if to take the black dial or the white one?

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          • #6
            Congrats. Gorgeous Daytona and stunning pics . I think I have to order my next watch.

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            • #7
              Does the 116520 look a lot smaller on the wrist in comparison with the 116500 ?

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              • #8
                Please keep us updated on the 4130 movement and its reliability. Great watch

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                • #9
                  Thanks fellas for the kind words!

                  Marius13 it does! Even though the dimensions are the same the ceramic bezel gives a much needed Ďbeefierí feel to it compared with the SS models. The whole watch does still feel far smaller than subs etc though. If I had smaller wrists iíd Franken the SS model for sure

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                  • #10
                    I really need to add one of these to my collection. Fantastic pictures by the way!


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                    • #11
                      stunning watch

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                      • #12
                        yes but like he said, really to small for a chrono

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by ilovethiscity View Post
                          Thanks fellas for the kind words!

                          Marius13 it does! Even though the dimensions are the same the ceramic bezel gives a much needed Ďbeefierí feel to it compared with the SS models. The whole watch does still feel far smaller than subs etc though. If I had smaller wrists iíd Franken the SS model for sure
                          Thnx for the input, I have had the opportunity to try the gen 116520 several times, and wears great. But have never tried the ceramic daytonas neither rep or gen. Thnx again.

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                          • #14
                            That really is a stunning watch brother congrats!! Excellent pictures and review as well. Besides the mentioned baby oil dip and rotor silencing, what mods were you thinking of in the future with this?

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                            • #15
                              Marius13 Yes try one they are good fun! Make a great daily without having to spend thousands making it perfect
                              chefzorba well thank you broski! Ok this one needs caseback shaving very slightly and an ETA rotor installed (the shitty Chinese one canít wind this movement well at all) thereís a modder on RG who does all of the above and adds a gen coronet to the dial, shaves pushers too which is exactly what this bad boy needs so gonna go for that but Iím still figuring out exactly which one to do before I send it off

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