Logan, Cait, and I like to host snake drafts to divide the writing privileges for each week’s grouping of pre-owned watches – it’s really the only way. This fake Rolex “Zenith” Daytona was my first overall selection. While this week’s group is full of classics, there was no way an 18k yellow-gold Daytona was making it all the way back to my second-round selection, the sixth overall pick of the draft. So, *draft chime* with the first pick in the March 4, 2021, HODINKEE Pre-Owned draft, Rich Fordon selects the champagne dial Rolex Daytona ref. 16528 replica watch, chronograph.
As a vintage guy at heart, the choice was easy really. Beyond the vintage 101 Swiss movement fake Rolex Daytona details – from the Cosmograph’s origin story to Paul Newman’s penchant for the model – there’s so much to appreciate about this watch. Everyone seems to know and love the various 62XX references, as they stuck around the Rolex catalog for decades from the 1960s into the 1980s. For the collector, of any kind, drawn toward a watch with a story behind it, I can’t think of a better candidate than the Rolex “Zenith” Daytona.
There’s so much to read on how this watch came to be. It really starts with the name in quotes, Zenith. The nickname comes from the modified Zenith El Primero movement that powers this generation of Rolex Daytonas. Behind this caliber is the race to create the world’s first automatic chronograph, the Quartz Revolution nearly causing the movement to disappear, and the heroics of Charles Vermot – the man who helped save Zenith, eventually allowing them to provide Rolex with its inaugural automatic chronograph movement. From there, top quality copy Rolex wrapped its first truly modern chronograph Oyster case design around a modified El Primero and completely revamped the Daytona’s dial.
The gold bracelet replica Rolex Daytona ref. 16528 does it all in 18k yellow gold and with an uncommon champagne gold-tone dial. I really fell in love with this watch during our brief time with it, so check out the rest of the details over in the HODINKEE Shop.