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by Chester Lau on August 24, 2019

Rolex Daytona 116588TBR-0003

The Rolex Daytona 116588TBR-0003 was introduced at BaselWorld 2019. As much as it’s famous for tool-watch stainless steel Daytonas, Rolex has also an arsenal of gemset variations famed for their ‘outlandish’ designs.

The Case and Dial

Keeping with the tradition of the blinged Daytona, with the most famous of them, the ‘Rainbow’ Daytona, the 2019 model features a yellow gold case with 36 trapeze-cut diamonds replacing the usual tachymeter scale. The watch measures 40 mm in diameter and 12 mm in thickness. This makes for a ‘modest’ size juxtaposed with its overt display of wealth.

On the paved black lacquer dial, champagne-colour chronograph counters are intertwined with black lacquer and diamonds. The dial appears to represent the face of a tiger, considering the color accents and wavy lines mimicking a tiger’s stripes.

Completing the dial are hour markers in the in yellow gold setting, holding eight circle diamonds. Arabic numerals are used at the 3, 6 and 9 o’clock position, 15, 30 and 45 also in 18 K yellow gold.

The watch is fit with a rubber strap and is water resistant to 100 meters.

The Movement

Rolex Daytona models are equipped with the automatic Caliber 4130, a movement that needs no introduction. The in-house movement beats at 28800vph and has a power reserve of 72 hours. Keeping to COSC standards, it also offers an accuracy of -/+2 seconds per day.

Concluding thoughts

A sports watch in a luxury case, the Daytona 116588TBR-0003 while not as iconic as the Rainbow Daytona, is the watch of choice for the less discrete super rich to strap on for yachting weekends. A jewelry timepiece in essence, the Daytona 116588TBR-0003 has its flair (subjective) and fun factor, but would not be a significant piece for collectors who only want serious, technical and artisanal watches.

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