Rolex Daytona 16523

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They say there are no great deals to be had with vintage Rolex anymore. We disagree: two-tone Daytonas are criminally underrated and one of the best deals in town.After retiring the 6xxx series Daytonas in 1988, Rolex introduced the completely updated ref. 165xx Daytona with the modern 40mm case with sapphire crystal and a heavily modified Zenith El Primero self-winding movement. While the prices of stainless steel Daytonas, particularly those with a Zenith movement, sky-rocketed, the two-tone variations have long lacked popularity and prices have lagged behind on its more popular steel brethren. Of course, this wasn’t going to last very long and watch collectors are finally beginning to appreciate the luxury sporty looks of the ref. 16523 as well.This 16523 dates back to 2000, the very last year these Daytonas with Zenith movements were produced. The watch features a 40 mm stainless steel case with an 18k yellow gold engraved bezel and matching gold crown. The color scheme of the watch is complemented by the uncommon silvered dial with yellow register rings and applied 18k yellow gold indices with Super Luminova filling.The watch is in great condition with a thick case and equally sharp stainless steel and 18k yellow gold Oyster bracelet. The watch comes with the original wooden box and papers as well as a green velvet Rolex travel pouch.

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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