Rolex Daytona 116528

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While everyone is on the hunt for a steel Daytona, gold Daytonas are the true sleeper hits.After retiring the hand wound Valjoux Datonas in 1988, Rolex introduced a new 40mm Daytona with an automatic movement. These heavily modified Zenith El Primero self-winding calibers were used until 1999 when Rolex finally unveiled its first in-house chronograph movement for the new 1165xx Daytonas.This ref. 116528 presents that classic Daytona look cased in solid 18k yellow-gold with a matching 18k yellow-gold engraved bezel and 18k yellow-gold Oyster bracelet. The use of gold infuses the classic sporty chronograph with a luxurious look, which is further enhanced by the polished lugs on the 40 mm case and the polished center links on the bracelet. The watch features a white dial with applied 18k yellow-gold indices and playful red printed ‘Daytona’ text right above the lower sub-register.This ref. 116528 dates back to 2005 and is in excellent condition with a sharp case and tight bracelet.


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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