Daytona | 116598RBOW

  • Collection: Cosmograph Daytona
  • Model reference: 116598 RBOW
  • Case/Size: Yellow gold, 40mm
  • Dial: Black with 10 diamonds
  • Movement: Automatic-winding
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, chronograph
  • Specificity: Adorned with 36 rainbow-colored baguette sapphires
  • Condition / Year: Like new / 2013
  • Price: Upon Request

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The Daytona story began like a love story with racecar drivers, one of the most successful drivers used to wear Rolex watches was Sir Malcom Campbell who set many speed records in Europe and in a Florida city called Daytona Beach, he attracted the attention of Rolex and became their ambassador.

In 1955 version, the Reference 6234, was labeled the “Rolex Chronograph” a pre-Daytona model.
The birth, in 1963 the Rolex Chronograph reference 6239 with a tachometer scale engrave on the bezel to enhance readability of the dial was released, incredibly the initial name Rolex used was “Le Mans”, another famous racetrack based in France.  It’s only by 1965 that the *Daytona* name started to be printed on the dial of the 6239.

Surprisingly the Daytona wasn’t a success back then, despite celebrities like Paul Newman endorsing it.
Eventually the model became popular and a more modern version was released in 1988 using an automatic Zenith “El Primero” modified movement, the reference 16520 (steel), reference 16523 (in steel and gold) and reference 16528 (in yellow gold).  Main difference was the case size of 40mm, 3mm bigger than its predecessor and the adoption of a sapphire crystal to replace the Plexiglas.  The limited supply helped the watch achieve a cult status.

By 2000, Rolex started to use an in-house movement on the new 116500 series, it remained the most sought after model.
In 2013 the Daytona Cosmograph Platinum (reference 116506) created by Rolex to commemorate fifty years from the launch of its most celebrated watch.

And finally in 2016 the steel Daytona was refreshed with a new black ceramic bezel the 116500LN series.
With each release, the Daytona reinforces its status of cult sport watch, certainly the most desired sports watch in the world.


The present watch is discontinued and very sought after Rolex Daytona Rainbow, it watch features a black dial on which time is shown using rose gold luminescent hour, minute and seconds hands and 8 diamonds hour markers.

The other features of the dial are three chronograph counter subdials at 3, 6, and 9 o’clock with counters made with gold crystals and a bold Rolex logo near 12 o’clock. The 18K yellow gold case takes a beautiful round shape and is set with 56 diamonds. Its stylish bezel is adorned with 36 rainbow-colored baguette sapphires.

Powered by the self-winding caliber 4130, entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex, it is made of more than 200 parts with a power reserve of 72 hours.

Finally, an oyster bracelet in yellow gold with a folding clasp will fix this extremely rare beauty!



Rolex – bio

Founded in 1905 by Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis in London, initially as Wilsdorf & Davis Ltd. Renamed Rolex by 1908 and moved its base of operations to Geneva, Switzerland in 1919.  Their success is due to their innovation namely the legendary “Oyster” case – first water resistant watch and their extremely reliable movements.
The most famous models are Datejust, Day-Date, Daytona, Explorer, GMT-Master, Submariner and many more.
The company is owned by the Hans Wilsdorf Foundation, a family private trust.
One story, never confirmed by Wilsdorf, recounts that the name came from the French words “horlogerie exquise”‘è, meaning “exquisite clockwork”.

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Accompanied by Rolex Guarantee card, green card holder, product literature, presentation box.