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Rolex Daytona 116508 'Money Green'
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Together with the highly-anticipated reference 116500LN, also known as the Ceramic Daytona, another Daytona found its way to the market in 2016. It was a bit of a sleeper in the beginning but since the watch received positive attention from no one more than John Mayer, the market can't keep up with the demand nowadays. We're referring to the 116508, which is better known as the 'Money Green Daytona'. In our honest opinion the coolest modern Rolex watch out there.The watch has a 40 mm, 18k yellow-gold Oyster case, an 18k yellow-gold bezel with engraved tachymetric scale and an 18k yellow-gold Oyster bracelet. The most astonishing feature obviously is the green dial, with ton-sur-ton sub-dials. Daytona is displayed in red on the dial and this matches perfectly with the small red details on the sub-dials and hour markers. The watch houses the caliber 4130, which is an automatic chronograph in-house movement from Rolex. This Daytona was bought recently, 2020, and has never been worn. It comes with the original box, documentation and a five-year warranty from Rolex.
Rolex DaytonaRolex started making chronographs in the 1930s, but it was only in 1963 that a named product line was introduced: the Cosmograph. In some early advertisements, Rolex referred to the watch as the ‘Le Mans’ after the famous race track in France, although the name never appeared on the dial. After a few years, the line was officially renamed Cosmograph Daytona, after the racetrack in Florida.The most noticeable difference between these Cosmograph (Daytona) models and earlier Rolex chronographs, was the tachymeter scale (used for measuring distance and speed) that was moved from its traditional placement on the dial to the bezel. Furthermore, the dial was updated with the introduction of contrasting sub-dials.It’s hard to imagine now, but Daytonas received little love after their release. Most Daytonas languished in dealer displays for years and were only started to get noticed by Italian collectors and dealers in the late 1980s. Nowadays, Daytonas are among the most sought after Rolex models, fetching prices from $15,000 for modern ones to many millions for rare vintage references. A big contrast with the $210 list price when it was first released!
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