The Rainbow Rolex Daytona, a bold and colourful statement luxury timepiece was first uncovered in 2012 at Baselworld watch and jewellery show. The model was only available in white gold and yellow gold thereby making it a sought-after watch. However, in 2018, the style was updated in Everose.
The version is synonymous with the two previous versions, but the case and bracelet are made of a new warm metal and they have different baton indexes at the hours. The timepiece features 36 baguette-cut sapphires in a rainbow gradient. A total of 56 diamonds endows the mid-case, thereby creating the illusion of a single and double band on the timepiece.
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Rainbow Rolex Daytona
Rainbow Rolex Daytona has stunning gemstones that make it a truly vibrant timepiece and its pure gold case and bracelet add significant heft. Rolex accepts nothing but the best, and due to this, the gemstones used in creating the Rainbow timepieces are scarce. Also, Rolex only releases the Rainbow Daytona on a very limited basis, so it is not surprising that it is a watch many collectors consider a grail watch.
Here are the Rainbow Daytona Key Features:
Reference Numbers: 116598RBOW, 116599RBOW, 116595RBOW
Case Diameter: 40mm
Materials: 18k Gold (Yellow, White, or Everose Gold)
Functions: Time w/ Running Seconds, 12-Hour Chronograph
Dial: Black or Diamond Pavé w/ Crystal Gold Registers and Baguette-Cut Sapphire or Square-Cut Diamond Hour Markers
Bezel: Fixed, 36 Baguette-Cut Rainbow Gradated Sapphires
Crystal: Sapphire (Flat)
Water Resistance: 100 Meters / 330 Feet
Movement: Rolex Caliber 4130
Strap/Bracelet: Oyster Bracelet
Rolex Rainbow Daytona Materials
The Rolex Rainbow Daytona luxury watch consists of various alloys and metals, like;
- Yellow gold
- White gold
The colourful gems Rolex use in creating their timepiece are exceptional just like the other materials. The gemstones have to be perfect without flaws or blemishes and due to this high standard, diamonds and sapphires are scarce.
The fact that there are so few Rainbow Daytona watches, makes the timepieces more than just a showy way to keep track of the day. Having one of these watches elevates your social status immediately.
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Rolex Rainbow Daytona Case
Unlike the Submariner or Explorer, Rolex has had a solid gold option for nearly every one of its timepieces dating back to its initial debut in 1963. This can be said for the Rolex Dayton too.
All the Rolex Daytona Rainbow watches have a similar pattern, but there are slight differences between the two older models and the more recent Everose gold edition. The lugs and crown guards on each of the references are coated with 56 brilliant-cut diamonds, and they vary in size depending on their positioning.
Rolex Rainbow Daytona Dial & Bezel
Rolex Rainbow Dial is where you will find the small but intriguing disparities. The yellow gold (ref. 116598RBOW) and white gold (116599RBOW) models have eight further brilliant-cut diamonds each. These diamonds are placed in square settings for their hour markers, with the 3, 6, and 9 o’clock locations receiving applied Arabic numerals and the Rolex coronet standing in for the 12 o’clock marker.
But, on the recent Everose gold Rainbow Daytona ref. 116595RBOW, the diamonds have been replaced by sapphires, in a mixture of coloured baguette and square-cut shapes. The Rolex Rainbow Daytona models got their name from the 36 multicoloured gems adorning their bezels.
The reason why these rainbow-coloured gemstone bezels are so special is the unbelievable fastidiousness setters have displayed in choosing exactly the right stones. Also, in terms of size, shape, and quality, the graduation in colour from one stone to the next is entirely seamless, and something only possible when backed by the immense resources of the world-known watchmaker.
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The three Rolex Rainbow models, in their traditional tri-compax arrangement, are finished in what Rolex named gold crystal. This term applies to a gold alloy that has been crystallized to offer it a textured aesthetic, also each of these Rainbow models receives sub-dials colour-matched to the gold of its case. But, only the Everose edition is given the extra blingy option of a full diamond pavé dial, drenched in diamonds that carry over onto the centre links of its Oyster bracelet.
Rolex Rainbow Daytona Movement
The Rolex Daytona collection, which is arguably the greatest mechanical stopwatch of all time uses the in-house Caliber 4130 movement. It is the entirely Rolex-produced follow-on from the Zenith El Primero, the Daytona’s first automatic calibre, and it is known as one of the finest mass-produced chronograph movements of the modern era.
The Cal. 4130 was revealed in 2000 after 5-years of development, and it observed Rolex’s customary decree of doing more with less. It consists of 201 separate parts and it is stripped back to just its essential components for maximum reliability. All Rainbow Daytona timepieces are classified as Superlative Chronometers. This implies that they exceed the already-stringent timekeeping parameters that are required for COSC-certification; the gold standard when it comes to accuracy of movement.
Rolex’s engineers have also centralized several different elements into one. For instance, while the earlier movement had two individual mechanisms to control the minute and hour chronograph counters, that is one on each side of the movement, on the Caliber 4130 they have been combined into a single module. This implies that the watches can now be modified with a lone regulating screw instead of five of the El Primero. It also frees up enough space for a longer mainspring, taking the power reserve from 50 to 72 hours.
Rolex Rainbow Daytona Price
The Rainbow Daytona watches have been listed among the most expensive models Rolex has ever produced. Because of its limited quantity, it has skyrocketed in price since its release. The Everose gold model is the most expensive rainbow Dayton retailing at around $97,500, while the yellow and white gold pieces retail around $90,000.