254 Rolex Absolutely Exceptional and Very Attractive Daytona Chronograph Wristwatch in Yellow Gold, Reference 16 568, With Dimond and Emerald Set Dial and Bezel, Rolex Sticker

Estimate: €100,000 –⁠ 200,000

Sold €143,000

Model: Daytona
Reference: 16568
Case Material: Yellow Gold
Bracelet Material: Yellow Gold
Year: 1997
Movement: Automatic
Caliber: 4030
Case N°: T825487
Dimensions: 40 mm
Signed: Dial, movement and case
Accessories: Sticker Rolex

The Rolex Daytona has been, since the beginning of its history, inextricably linked to the world of motor racing. Elegant and very sporty, this model didn’t immediately enjoy great success but year after year it managed to climb positions in the list of the most desired and sought after watches among enthusiasts and collectors. Its style has now become iconic and in these decades Rolex has also ventured and indulged in creating some absolutely fascinating and precious versions of the Daytona. It all started with two special models from the 1980s made on special request and in limited quantities: references 6269 and 6270. This lot is a truly fantastic example of a reference 16 568, considered a direct descendant of reference 6270 as both references are embellished with precious stones. Produced by Zenith, the caliber 4030, or “El Primero”, was the very first automatic chronograph movement by Rolex, this lot is featuring an unpolished case with thick lugs and crisp hallmarks, highlighted by the fact that its original Rolex Sticker is still present on the case back. Most important to underline for this reference 16568 is that is further adorned with a baguette diamond bezel and a pavé—set diamond and emerald dial which was very uncommon for Rolex at the time. Thanks to its sharp yellow-gold case, screw-down pushers and matching the yellow gold Oyster bracelet, it achieves an unmistakable presence on the wrist.