Rolex Daytona 16528

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Name a more bad-ass watch than a yellow-gold Daytona. I'll wait...Well, allow us to come back to this statement. A more bad-ass watch than a yellow-gold Daytona is a yellow-gold Daytona with diamonds.Let us first start with a little history lesson. Rolex retired the vintage 6xxx series Daytonas with hand-wound Valjoux movement and plexi crystals in 1988 and replaced them with the new and completely updated 16xxx series Daytonas. Up until the introduction of these new models, Daytonas weren’t very commercially viable. The 16xxx Daytonas were Rolex’ very first automatic chronographs. The watches also looked decidedly modern, with a larger 40 mm case, crown guards, and a sapphire crystal. It was all it took for the Daytona craze to begin!This lovely example dates back to 1996 and is executed in 18k yellow-gold, hence the reference 16528. The champagne dial of this golden nugget is set with diamond hour markers making this watch a heavy hitter. The case is in amazing condition and the 18k yellow-gold Oyster bracelet is impeccable and as tight as the day it left the store.

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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