Long before the Rainbow Daytona was a fad, Rolex had already produced special Daytona chronographs combining precious and semi-precious stones. The history. The Dittona watch that we are going to present to you in this article is a perfect example. With a garnet dial and set with diamonds and rubies, it is so rare that it is hard to find on the market.
As many of you may already know, it wasn’t until the year 2000 that replica Rolex watches introduced the first watch with an in-house movement (Caliber 4130) of the Daytona chronograph. Previously, the Dittona Automatic was powered by a modified Zenith El Primero movement. Earlier, the manual model was equipped with a Valjoux movement, also modified. Thus, an in-house movement was indeed crucial to the iconic Rolex chronograph collection. Nearly 20 years later, the Caliber 4130 is still regarded as one of the best automatic chronograph movements on the market.
In addition to the popular stainless steel Ref. 116520 Daytona, the yellow gold Ref. 116528 Daytona That year, Rolex also introduced several gem-set watches, including the Ref. 116523 DiTonnais interval gold watch. The Ref. 116589 DiTona white gold watch. A particular highlight is the Ref. 116589 with garnet dial set with diamonds and rubies. Dittona watches.
The 18-carat white gold case, in the familiar Daytona design, measures 40 mm in diameter and is fitted with a pair of screw-locked chronograph crowns and a winding crown. Pusher. The difference is that the bezel is set with 24 baguette-cut rubies, instead of the usual tachymeter scale. Whether or not one is a fan of gem-set watches, it is impossible to ignore Rolex’s extremely impressive expertise in gem cutting and gem setting. The mastery of the stone. There can be no doubt that the collection of so many rubies of exactly the same colour, size and shape, cut with precision and skillfully set in the same stone, was a major achievement. No easy task on a watch.
The sumptuous hues and bold calcium garnet dials accentuate the striking textures of the natural stones. Rolex also has a long history of using exotic stones for its dials, a tradition that continues into the modern day. The garnet dial is set with eight diamonds that act as hour markers, complemented by 18-carat white gold appliqués with 15, 30 and 45 numerals, as well as 12 hour markers. The crown mark of the hour. Of course, the dial also features the classic three sub-dials showing the small seconds (at 6 o’clock), the 30-minute counter (at 3 o’clock) and a 12-hour chronograph (at 9 o’clock). Finally, the watch is fitted on a Bordeaux red alligator leather strap with an adjustable buckle in 18k white gold.
Unlike today’s popular Rainbow Dittoner, the Ref. 116589 Dittoner boasts a monochromatic design, but Equally valuable.