Rolex Daytona 116520 'Panna Dial'Sold
Rolex Daytona 116520 'Panna Dial'
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When someone mentions Rolex nowadays, more often than not it is combined with the word Daytona. This is for a reason of course, first of all; the Paul Newman auction, the incredible Zenith price increases and last but not least, the whole hype around the new ‘Ceramic’ Daytona. However, in all excitement, people almost forget about one of the sharpest looking Daytona’s Rolex has made. Of course, we’re referring to the 116520. This piece is the successor of the Zenith-based 16520 and is provided with Rolex’ in house caliber 4130. The watch is entirely made from stainless steel and dates back to 2001. This example has something special, namely, a white dial nicknamed 'Panna'. This is a white Daytona dial that has discoloured to a creamy white colour, hence, the nickname Panna (which is Italian for 'cream'). It only exists among certain serial ranges in the P-, K- and Y-series and it's pretty rare. This example has not developed a very creamy colour yet but probaby will do over time. Imagine the feeling of creating your own patina on this beauty. The watch comes with box and booklets.
Rolex DaytonaIn the 60’s Rolex made some changes in their chronograph line. They moved the tachymetric scale (used for measuring distance over time) from the dial to the bezel. The simplified dial also featured another change: contrasting coloured sub-dials. This gave the watch an even more sportive look, which was a good thing as it was dedicated to racing drivers, hence the name Daytona (a race held annually at the Daytona beach in Florida). Although Rolex has been making chronographs since the 30s, this is the first line that got named (in 1964). Nowadays it is one of the most sought after models of all time and comes in so many different variations, fetching prices from $8000 to $1.000.000. This is a big difference to the $210 that was the list price back then. But it was even often sold under the list price as the Daytona wasn’t a popular watch in its day. It wasn’t until 1986 that the demand for Daytona’s increased rapidly due to, mostly, Italian collectors and dealers.
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