Rolex Daytona 16568 'Pave'

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It’s hard to imagine now but for a long time Rolex produced hardly any precious metal Daytonas, let alone gem-set ones.

From its inception in the 1960s, the Daytona was considered a true toolwatch that was intended to be reliable and useful. Sure, some precious metal four digit Daytonas exist. Rolex even made 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.

This 16568 from 1995 is one of the earliest among them. In fact, it is a direct descendant of the reference 6270. This baby features a 40mm, 18k yellow gold, case with a matching metal Oyster bracelet. The side of the case and centrelink of the bracelet are polished. While most precious metal Daytonas feature an engraved bezel with tachymetric scale, the ref. 16568 is characterised by an exquisite bezel with 24 factory-set baguette-cut diamonds.

The hefty price tag it carried in the 90's, caused many people to opt for a regular dial or perhaps a moderately blingy execution with diamond hour markers. Only the big ballers of that time chose to go all out and had it fitted with the pave dial. In this case we find an even more uncommon silvered specimen, which provides mesmerising contrast to the yellow gold hands, markers, applied coronet and cartouche with brandname. Please note this is a period correct dial with more refined ridges in the counters and a different font than the service dials that are floating around. The original hands without lume, but a lacquered centre, are also still installed.

This exceptional Cosmograph "sertisage" is not only a historically important model but is in appealing condition with thick lugs, sharp lines, and a tight bracelet. Wearing this watch is one hell of a way to make an entrance at any occasion. The only question that remains is: can you wear this watch, or would this watch wear you?


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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