Rolex Daytona 116509

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It’s time for an ‘Automatic Daytona Only’ thematic drop this week!The ref. 116509 is the stealth-wealth Daytona. While it may look like steel to the undiscerning eye, the case and bracelet are crafted from 18k white gold and it’s noticeable as soon as you feel the heft on your wrist. A few weeks ago we had one with a meteorite dial. This time around it’s a stunning blue one!Let’s kick off with the real star of the show: the dial. Rolex unimaginatively calls it a “blue dial”. But that doesn’t do it any justice. It’s a vibrant blue with sunburst effect. The dial features ‘snailed counters’ with red highlights and recessed outer rings at the 3, 6, and 9 o’ clock positions. The red detailing is also at the five-minute hash marks in the dial’s minute track.The watch is just one year old (2019) and is in excellent condition with only a few hairline scratches on the case and Oyster bracelet. The box and papers are included and the watch still has 4 years left on the Rolex factory warranty.

Introduction

Rolex Cosmograph 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 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 $20,000 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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