Cosmograph Daytona Yellow Rolesor White dial
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About this watch
A legendary watch that requires no introduction, the Rolex Daytona is perhaps the most coveted chronograph on the market. While its stainless-steel variants seem to demand all of the attention, it is the two-tone variants like the ref. 116503 that we have here slips under the radar and presents itself as a genuine source of value on the open market. With its luxurious 18kt gold and stainless steel construction or Rolesor as Rolex calls it, this timepiece provides the best of both worlds from an aesthetic standpoint in that it makes a statement thanks to its gold, yet appears refined with its steel components. Featuring the latest in Rolex’s movement technology, its automatic cal. 4130 movement is a masterpiece in horological engineering. With over 20 years of service under its belt, it is fair to say that the cal. 4130 is tried and tested, and the watch it powers certainly is too with its decades-old design, legacy and impact on the watchmaking community not to be dismissed.
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Known for models such as the Submariner, GMT Master and the Cosmograph Daytona, Rolex has long been considered a collector's essential. Past releases by Rolex, including the Cosmograph Daytona "Paul Newman", the Ref 6062 "Bao Dai", the GMT Master ref. 1675 "Apocalypse Now", the ref. 6265 "Unicorn", have propelled into the top brands in modern day watch collecting.
Rolex – need we say more? It’s a household name sure to spark recognition across all corners of the globe, and, like its logo depicts, can without doubt be crowned the undisputed king of utilitarian Swiss watchmaking.
With its timepieces donned by the biggest names in the realms of sport, celebrity and even characters on the silver screen, it has nestled itself at the forefront of pop culture today, with models fondly nicknamed after icons like the ‘Hulk’, ‘Pepsi’ and ‘Kermit’, to name a few.
Although Rolex is the largest manufacturer of luxury Swiss chronometers in the world today, it was born into humble beginnings as a timepiece distributor in London, established by the 24-year-old Hans Wilsdorf in 1905. He eventually trademarked the name Rolex in 1908 and relocated its headquarters to Geneva, where Rolex is still based today.
At a time where wristwatches were but a whimsical daydream, Wilsdorf anticipated that timepieces were to one day be worn on the wrist, and, although they weren’t at the time, accurate.
To ensure precision and reliability of time-telling, Wilsdorf equipped his own timepieces with miniscule, intricate movements that had not been seen in the industry before.
Rolex has introduced a pioneering stream of world-firsts over the course of history. In 1926, it released the first waterproof and dustproof wristwatch ever -- the "Oyster".
1931 saw another epic feat from the titan: the invention of the world's first self-winding mechanism with a Perpetual rotor that captured kinetic energy from every minute movement of the wrist. This system revolutionised the watch industry and today acts as the beating heart of every modern automatic watch.
Other coveted models include the Day-Date, Submariner, GMT-Master and Daytona.
Reliable, durable and ever-so-aesthetically pleasing, Rolex has been and will continue to be loved by generations to come. A perfect gift for any special occasion – and certainly a crown for every achievement.