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$26,000

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Auction Ended
06/17/22
On Jun 17, 4:05 PM UTC
Lot #1488

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 116500LN Black Dial

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Introduction

Released in 2000 as a brand new generation of Daytona, Rolex made several subtle changes to the previous “Zenith” Daytona. To begin with, the dial layout had changed slightly, with the running seconds subdial moving from 9 o'clock to 6' clock. Additionally, the subdials were no longer in line with the center of the dial. Instead, they moved up slightly above the middle of the dial (running from 9 to 3 o'clock). Additionally, Rolex gave the new Daytona broader indices to accommodate more lume, longer lugs, and a mirror finish on the case flanks to differentiate the latest generation even further. But, without doubt, the latest generation’s most significant upgrade was Rolex’s new (at the time) in-house automatic cal. 4130 chronograph movement. Designed to be ruthlessly efficient, it has just 201 parts - a 20% decrease on the previous movement, the cal. 4030, making for an even more reliable movement requiring even less servicing. Additionally, with more space free to accommodate a larger mainspring, Rolex increased the cal. 4030's power reserve from 50 to 72 hours in the cal. 4130. All in all, even for a 20+ year old movement, the cal. 4130 is incredible even by today’s standards and fitting for the Daytona’s legendary legacy.

While the current third generation of Daytona has been produced since 2000, not all Daytonas are born equal. Indeed, in 2016 Rolex launched a transitional variant of the Daytona, the ref. 116500. While identical to the previous ref. 116520 in just about every way possible, the new variant was given a black Cerachrom bezel as Rolex migrated from the traditional stainless steel bezels on the older ref. 116520. Scratch-proof and impervious to the elements, these black ceramic bezels silently ushered in a new generation of Daytona, that still straddles the fence as a third-generation model. While functionally identical to the older models, the new ceramic bezel-clad variants indeed feature a touch of modernity that compounds upon their sporty tool watch aesthetic and makes them, even more, utility-driven and iconic.

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Grade

M 8.5

Status

Vetted & Approved

Included

Box and Papers

Est. value range

$25,000 – $35,000

The Details

Brand

Rolex

Dimensions

40mm

Model

Cosmograph Daytona

Movement

Automatic cal. 4130

Reference

116500LN

Bracelet

Stainless steel Oyster bracelet

Year

2021

Condition

Excellent

Material

Stainless steel

Included

Watch, box and papers

Dial Color

Black

THE DIAL

Amongst some of the most recognisable dials in watchmaking, this Daytona sports a jet black dial with silver subdial chapter rings that combine to match its black Cerachrom bezel and stainless steel construction.

THE CONSTRUCTION

Measuring 40mm in diameter, the Daytona wears on the wrist with a comfortable familiarity that enables anyone to easily pull it off.

TIMING MACHINE READOUT

This reading was taken (crown down) with a ONEOF Accuracy Boutique Edition timing machine at time of cataloging. It is provided as a courtesy only, and shall not be construed as a warranty or guarantee of any kind. Please refer to our terms and conditions of sale for more information.

Condition

Watch is in overall excellent condtion. Watch presents like a near-mint watch except for a tiny scratch on the edge of the black ceramic bezel. It is visible at approximately 2 minutes past and can be seen in the images. There are 11 full links, 3 half links - 4 full links removable. 1 full link on the side.

Our Perspective

An icon within watchmaking the Daytona leads the pack in the world of chronographs with its storied past, fantastic movement, great looks, and legendary exclusivity.

Eric Ku

Co-founder

Lot # 1488

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 116500LN Black Dial

Sold

$26,000

Ended
06/17/22