Rolex Daytona 16568 'Emerald Dial'
Feast your eyes on the pioneer among contemporary gem-set Daytonas
From its inception in the 1960s, the Daytona was considered a true toolwatch that was intended to be reliable and useful. Sure, a fair number of precious metal Daytonas were made in the 1960s until the 1980s. Rolex even produced two gem-set variations, the exceedingly rare references 6269 and 6270. Yet, it was only after the introduction of the first automatic Daytona in 1989 that Rolex began adding gem-set Daytonas to its line-up as regular production models.
The ref. 16568 is one of the earliest of the modern gem-set Daytonas. In fact, it is a direct descendant of the ref. 6270. This beauty from 1996 features a 40 mm 18k yellow gold case with a matching 18k yellow gold Oyster bracelet with polished center links. While ‘regular’ precious metal Daytonas feature an engraved bezel with tachymetric scale, the ref. 16568 is characterized by an exquisite bezel with 24 factory-set baguette-cut diamonds. On top of that, the dial is encrusted with diamonds in a dazzling pavé setting, while the indices feature lovely vibrant green emeralds.
This exceptional and historically important watch is in wonderful condition with a sharp case and tight bracelet.