Rolex Cream Dial Daytona ref. 116520 aka The Whale

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Model: , ,

Year of issue: 2002

Reference number: 116520

Serial number: Y253xxx

Condition: hardly worn

Status: sold

Dealer country: United States

Price in US $: n/a

Watch details

Known to collectors as “The Whale”, this Y Series example has a subtle X-factor. Unlike its later counterparts, the dial is not stark white, but has a soft, creamy hue. This modern collectable remains in original condition with Oyster bracelet #78490. This watch is not accompanied by any accessories. Stock 43232


Private: Joshua Bonifas


Birth of a Horological Icon Timepiece  The myth around the iconic Rolex Daytona has spread around the world recent years. Always has the Daytona model been attached to motor racing, at first Rolex called their new Cosmograph the “Le Mans” and little later to “Daytona” when Rolex started to sponsor the well known U.S. speedway.
Cosmograph: a name that was to be the forerunner of great fortune. Actually, the choice of the name proved to be neither easy nor expected. Whilst Rolex on the one hand flirted with the car-racing world, on the other hand it could not remain unaware of the vast media attention, which at that time was surrounding the conquest of outer space.