At Sotheby’s auction in Hong Kong, a “mysterious” Rolex Daytona Ref. 16528 sold for a high price of HK$4.25 million, or approximately RMB 3.87 million. As for a regular Daytona of the same model, its price on the secondary market is around RMB 200,000, and the price difference between the two is astonishingly high at RMB 3.6 million!
Its most significant particular point is that its dial is bright red, and such a color has never appeared before, and it is the only one currently publicly unveiled.
Rolex dials are produced in-house, but in the past, Rolex, like other watch brands, purchased its dials from professional dial manufacturers such as Singer, Stern, Lemerich, and Beyeler.
After expert identification, the fonts on the dial align with the year’s craftsmanship, and the back of the dial has Singer’s stamp. So everyone guessed that this red dial was a sample produced by Singer for Rolex. It later spread to the public and was assembled on Daytona.
In 2017, another auction house, Phillips, sold a similar Ref. 16528 Daytona. However, it has an electric blue dial, which is also extremely rare. The explanation given at the time was that Singer manufactured the watches for Rolex, and then Rolex sold them to employees and dealers on a small scale. The quantities were scarce. The final selling price was 552,500 Swiss francs, approximately RMB 3.98 million. Top swiss replica watches.
At this point, a critical issue is involved.
According to the narrow official interpretation, only officially recognized watches can be called authentic. Suppose the brand does not officially recognize it. In that case, even items produced by the same foundry can be judged as “fake” or at least “assembled” because there is no trademark authorization.
Singapore watches media SJX especially took a high-definition photo of the Ref. 16528 Daytona with a big red dial. We can see that there are a lot of marks on the dial and hands. The number of these marks far exceeds what can be produced by regular maintenance, and the layout is strange.
In the 1990s, Rolex was on the right track. With such an assembly level and state, it would be unjustifiable if it were an internal product sold by Rolex on a small scale to employees and dealers through formal channels.
It has been nearly 30 years since Singer made this big red dial for Rolex. It is difficult to verify whether it was leaked by Singer himself or officially by Rolex. At the same time, Rolex acquired Singer at the end of the last century. According to Rolex’s “mysterious” tradition, it will never take the initiative to explain unless you send it to your door for inspection. Replica watches review.
Although it cannot be confirmed that this bright red Daytona is “completely authentic,” at least it is not “completely fake” either.
As the saying goes, wealth can be found in danger.
Ambiguity is fraught with danger but leaves more room for imagination and manipulation.
Case Thickness: Around 12mm
Series: Oyster Perpetual
Engine: Rolex Calibre 2836/2813
Band Length: 18cm
Band Color: Silver-tone
Case Color: Silver-tone