Step aside Rainbow Daytona on the grounds that the OG of over-the-top Rolex Daytona models is here to recover its crown as the craziest chronograph to come out of the brand’s production line. Nicknamed the “Panther” for clear reasons, the Daytona ref. 116598 SACO advises us that occasionally regularly traditionalist Rolex watches can truly let their hair down.
Leopard Print, Cognac Sapphires, Diamonds, and Gold
The Daytona ref. 116598 SACO made its introduction in 2004, which was around 15 years too early. I say this since I think if the Daytona Leopard had made its passageway during the Instagram “influencer” time, it would have discovered a lot bigger appreciate crowd as opposed to being consistently marked “the ugliest Rolex” ever made.
To express the self-evident, the Daytona Leopard is unquestionably not for everybody – it’ll take a super certain person to pull this look off. Also, I would appreciate them for doing as such. While it holds the recognizable 40mm yellow gold Daytona instance of the in-house Caliber 4130 age, nothing else is standard here.
First, there’s the combination of the panther print dial and panther print lash, which is simply wild. The dark “spots” on the dial are produced using dark veneer, and on the off chance that you set out to look nearer, you will take note of that the two sides (left and right) of the print are entirely balanced. On the dial are 10 precious stone hour markers with yellow gold encompasses, accentuated with gold Arabic moment markers at 15, 30, and 45. Furthermore, on the off chance that we failed to remember briefly that this is a Daytona, the triplet of yellow gold submerged sub-dials advises us that this is still for sure a Rolex chronograph.
Continuing with the lavishness, there are the hook like haul hood pieces, adorned with 48 jewels, which fill the hole where the lash and case meet. What’s more, what about those 36 sapphires on the bezel? In the event that you have perused our convenient guide on disentangling the letters in Rolex references, at that point you would realize that “SACO” in ref. 116598 SACO means “Saphirs Cognac,” which is French for “cognac sapphires.” The extravagant hued sapphires are roll cut and are set into in the yellow gold bezel utilizing the unpredictable imperceptible setting technique.
Regardless of how you feel about the vibe of pearl set Rolex watches, the company is known for utilizing the absolute best expert gem dealers and diamond setters in the business and utilizing just the best gemstones accessible. Sourcing, cutting, and setting three dozen indistinguishably shaded sapphires is no simple feat.
Faux Pas or Fierce?
Whether vintage, retro, or present day, Rolex Daytona chronographs are probably the most famous watches on the planet. What’s more, on occasion, Rolex likes to shake things up by adding vigorously pearl set models and colorfully planned pieces to the blend. Also, if extraordinariness is your thing, it should be referenced that these Daytona models are created in exceptionally restricted amounts and are incredibly difficult to find.
Animal print, (especially panther print), is ending up being the current year’s greatest style pattern (and for ladies, however men too who are additionally searching for creature prints). So perhaps, the presently stopped Leopard Daytona is, truth be told, the most trendy extravagance observe right since insufficient individuals think about – yet.