Rolex The full Diamonds and Rubies Daytona ref. 16589

Year of issue: 1998
Reference number: 16589
Condition: mint
Status: sold
Dealer country: Monaco
Price in EUR € n/a


Exceedingly rare Rolex full Diamonds and Rubies 18k white gold Daytona ref.16589, manufactured in 1998. This extraordinary specimen is one of the rarest Daytona ever produced: there are only three 16589 appeared – among an estimated production of five examples –  fitted with a Rubies diamond-set bezel combined with the shining dial surface embedded with pavé diamonds and eight dazzling round rubies hour markers. Also, this amazing Daytona is fitted with the caliber 4030, or “El Primero”, produced by Zenith which was the very first automatic Chronograph movement in the world. Definitely a holy grail for discerning Daytona’s collectors. Case n.: U355xxx Calibre: Automatic, cal 4030 Diameter: 39mm Box & Papers: none Manufactured in: 1998


Corrado Mattarelli


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.