Rolex
Daytona Sodalite dial 116519

  • Collection: Cosmograph Daytona
  • Model reference: 116519
  • Case/Size: White gold, 40mm
  • Dial: Blue sodalite dial
  • Movement: Automatic winding
  • Functions: Chronograph
  • Condition: Very good / 2006
  • Collection: Cosmograph Daytona
  • Model Reference: 116519
  • Case/Size: White Gold / 40mm
  • Dial: Blue sodalite dial
  • Movement: Automatic winding
  • Functions: Hours, Minutes, Chronograph
  • Specificity: Blue sodalite dial
  • Condition / Year: Very Good / Excellent / 2006
  • Box / Papers: Yes / Yes
  • Price: Upon Request

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Description

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.

 

The present reference 116519 is the rare Rolex Daytona in white gold with Sodalite dial embellished with 10 diamonds hour markers .

The case measures 40mm featuring a beautiful sodalite dial, which is a rich royal blue tectosilicate mineral. As each stone occurs naturally, no two sodalite dials are identical in appearance. Each one varies in shade and colour, giving each watch a unique look.  Our example shows no sign of cracks and has a vibrant color.

Offered with its original warranty card, manual of instructions and box.

 

 

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”.