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Rolex Daytona 116519LN 'MoP'
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Even though we’re called Amsterdam Vintage Watches, we’re actually really charmed by the modern ceramic Daytona. In many ways, they’re aesthetically closer to vintage hand wound Daytonas than the steel bezel ones Rolex made from 1988-2016.This ref. 116519LN Daytona features a 40 mm 18k white-gold case, making for an understated but ultra luxurious watch. It features a shiny black ceramic bezel with a white engraved tachymetric scale. The black bezel is reminiscent of the black acrylic inlays that were used on vintage Daytonas. The watch comes on Rolex’s ultra comfortable black Oysterflex rubber bracelet with matching 18k white-gold folding clasp.The watch features a lovely mother of pearl dial, which gives this sporty watch a dreamy opaline lustre. The pearl dial is complemented by the incorporation of factory-set diamond hour markers, while the printed red “DAYTONA” text introduces a small pop of colourThe watch comes as a full set, with papers from 2021, and Rolex warranty until 2026.
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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