Rolex Daytona 16519 'Grossular'

While everyone's looking for a steel Daytona, Amsterdam VIntage Watches has something way more special.

Museum Piece
Rolex DaytonaRolex started making chronographs in the 1930s, but it was only in 1963 that a named product line was introduced: the Cosmograph.

Introduction

While everyone's looking for a steel Daytona, Amsterdam VIntage Watches has something way more special. The Zenith-powered Daytona's formed the second generation of the Daytona and was the first generation to be executed with stone dials. Only Daytona's executed in precious metals were used for this type of dials. Furthermore, they were produced in very small quantities and therefore, they are very rare. The reference 16519 we have on offer has a Grossular dial. Grossular is a gemstone that has a characteristic red colour. However, it can also come in green, brown and yellow. Rolex only used the red variant for the Grossular Daytona's. The case, bezel and crown of the 16519 are from 18k white gold. The bezel has a slightly different layout than the steel one. The hands don't contain luminescent material but a black stripe and the hour markers are factory-set diamonds with 18k white-gold hour marker surroundings. The 16519 always comes on a leather strap.

Description

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!