Rolex Daytona VS Rolex GMT: Which is the Best?
Let's compare these two Rolex collections to find out which one of these two Rolexes is best for you.
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We get asked all sorts of questions about various watches. There are many people looking at the Rolex Daytona and the GMT who are trying to figure out which one to buy.
- Both the GMT and the Cosmograph Daytona use an in-house Rolex movement.
- Both watches have a decent power reserve. The Cosmograph Daytona has a slightly higher one though.
- Both have a "Cerachrom" bezel insert which is made of a very durable and hardened ceramic that is resistant to scratches. Additionally, Cerachrom is anti-corrosive and its color doesn't fade when exposed to UV rays for extended periods of time.
- Both have the Easylink 5mm adjustment extension link.
- Patented "Triplock" crown which locks the crown down the Oyster case making it as tight as a submarine hatch.
- Bracelet fitted with the patented Easylink 5mm extension link allowing a quick 5mm extension or reduction to the bracelet size without the need of tools.
- Both offer water resistance of 100m/330ft
- Both of these Rolex watches have an Oyster bracelet
Rolex GMT Master II
The most useful feature of the watches in this series is the Dual Time Zone function of the GMT complication (AKA Zulu and Universal Time Zone) . This feature is not available on the Daytona Collection. It's a very useful function which allows you to quickly see the time in another time zone. See the pros & cons.
What makes the GMT different from the Daytona?
- GMT Complication
- This complication allows you to see the time in a second time zone
- Price starts at about half the price of a Daytona
- The bezel rotates both ways. Several widely collected two colored bezel options i.e. the "Pepsi" dial(Red & Blue), the "Coke" (Red & Black), and the "Batman" dial (Black & Blue)
- More luminous material is used on the GMT
- Not as many styles from which to choose
- Material Options
- Not as many choices of precious metals (i.e. 18k yellow gold, Platinum, Rose Gold)
- There's no chronograph function like the Daytona series
- Strap Options
- Doesn't have the choice of a leather strap
- No diamond models like the Daytona Cosmograph series
Aside from the greater number of style options, the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona offers something that the GMT won't which is a stopwatch function known as a Chronograph complication. The pushers (buttons) on the top and bottom of the winding crown is the way that the chronograph is started, stopped and reset on the Rolex Cosmograph. For some this has a functional value. A chronograph is in general considered a sporty watch since it is often used to track best time by racing professionals and enthusiasts.
How is the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona collection different from the GMT series?
- Diamond Indexes on some of the Daytona models
- Some Daytona watches have leather straps
- Chronometer complication which gives you a stopwatch/timer function
- Ice blue dials are available on the Platinum Daytona
- More precious metal options such as Everose® (18k rose gold) 18k yellow gold, 18k white gold and platinum with the Daytona
- More options for dial colors such as Blue, Chocolate dial, Mother of Pearl, Rose Gold options
- More choices of hour markers such as baguette diamond, Arabic numerals, applied etc.
- More styles from which to choose
- More precious metal options such as 18k yellow gold, white gold, rose gold or platinum
- Stopwatch function of a chronograph complication
- Choice of bracelet or leather watch band
- An entry level Daytona is twice price of an entry level GMT
- No GMT
- Doesn't have a GMT / Dual time zone function
- Less luminous fill used means less night time visibility
- No two color bi-directional rotating bezel options like the GMT
Side-By-Side Comparison of the Rolex Daytona VS Rolex GMT Specifications & Features
|Series:||GMT Master II||Cosmograph Daytona|
|Model #:||116710LN||116500LN White|
|Case Material:||Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel|
|Dial Color:||Black||White Dial with White and Black subdials|
|Bracelet/Strap:||Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel|
|Clasp Type:||Folding Clasp With Safety Latch||Deployant Buckle|
|Caliber:||Rolex Caliber 3186||Rolex Calibre 4130|
|Power Reserve:||50 hrs||72 hrs / 66 hrs with chronograph running|
|Crystal:||Scratch Resistant Sapphire||Scratch Resistant Sapphire|
|Complications:||GMT Time Zone||Chronograph|
|Warranty:||Prestige Time 5 Year Warranty||Prestige Time 5 Year Warranty|
Some of the factors that people who are considering either of these watches is the need to gauge the functional value of a watch with the GMT/Dual Time Zone function instead of a watch like the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona which has a Chronograph complication.
The GMT complication is useful for those who call or travel frequently to different time zones and need to see the local time with just a quick glance. For people with this type of lifestyle, the GMT would be a great option.
Alternatively, if the style is of the essence and having more options is something you are looking for, the Daytona may be a better option. It's best to decide which features are most important to you in order to determine your ideal Rolex.
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