With one owner from new, this Rolex 16523 Daytona is in highly attractive condition with full links.
One of the most distinctive features of the Rolex 116523 is its two-tone design, with a stainless steel case and 18-carat yellow gold bezel, crown and centre links. The case is very well preserved, in excellent condition, with only small signs of age related wear. The bracelet is also in near mint condition. Overall this is one of the nicest examples of the reference.
This piece also features a black dial with three sub-dials giving it a sophisticated and stylish look. The black dial provides a nice point of contrast to the case, focusing the eye, whilst the gold borders of the subdials, tie in with the gold elsewhere on the piece, making it feel cohesive in design. The dial is protected by sapphire crystal and features luminous hour markers and hands for enhanced visibility in low-light conditions.
As mentioned the piece is powered by the Rolex Calibre 4130 movement, which is renowned for its accuracy and reliability. The movement features a chronograph function with a 72-hour power reserve. It is in great condition and functioning well.
In addition to its high-performance features, the Rolex 116523 is also highly collectible and sought-after by enthusiasts and collectors. The watch has been featured in numerous films and has been worn by a number of celebrities and high-profile individuals, further adding to its iconic status.
The piece has been exceptionally well looked after by its one owner. The watch has just had a new Rolex sapphire crystal and 3 links fitted to give back its full links, by a Rolex certified watchmaker and remains unworn since then, preserving it in excellent condition for its new owner to wear and enjoy.
With its unique design, high-performance features, and rich history, it is no wonder that this watch remains one of the most sought-after and coveted watches in the world. Whether you are a professional driver, a watch collector, or simply someone who appreciates fine craftsmanship and design, the Rolex 116523 is a timepiece that is sure to impress. This fine example has been very well looked after by its one owner from first purchase, and is in superb condition, ready to be worn and enjoyed.
The Rolex Daytona was first introduced in 1963 and was designed as a tool watch for racing drivers. The watch was named after the famous Daytona International Speedway in Florida, which was home to many races, including the Daytona 500. The Rolex Daytona became popular among professional drivers and watch enthusiasts for its precision, durability, and reliability.
The ref.116523 forms an important part of the lineage of the Daytona. It was the first Daytona reference to feature a fully in house calibre, the calibre 4130, where previously Daytona's had featured Zenith based movements and Valjoux calibres prior to that. Therefore this reference forms an important turning point in the history of the Daytona, such details are appreciated by collectors and make this piece a good proposition for the future.