Spotted: White Gold Rolex Daytona

When I was at the IWC Air Trophy, my watchspotting eyes were sharper than ever!

When watching the airplaines land on the beach, I saw a glimpse of a Rolex Daytona on a black alligator strap, strapped on the wrist of a guy in his seventies, right in front of me. When I looked a second time, I spotted a shiny case and diamonds on the dial. This HAD to be a white gold one!

Rolex Daytona 116519 in white gold, around €20.000

So I decided to ask him! ‘Hi sir, I’m sorry for asking, but is that a white gold Daytona?’ and pointed to his wrist.

‘No, that’s a Carlsberg.’ He tought I had asked him about his beer. In his defence, it was pretty windy outside, and the odds of a twentysomething guy asking for beer are quite big. True story!

When I made clear that I was talking about his watch, we had a laugh and his wife joined the conversation.

They were a very lovely and funny retired belgian couple who have lived in America for over 30 years. I HAD to feature them.

Why did you get a white gold Daytona?

It was a birthday present from my wife. Wait, let me correct myself: she picked it out and I bought it.

She wanted a steel Daytona (115620), but these were impossible to find. You had to wait for years to accuire one, so we went for the white gold to avoid a 2 year waiting list.

116520 in steel, around €9.000 but 2-4 years waiting list

What was your first watch.

It’s an Omega (pre moon) Speedmaster from the ’60, and I still own and wear it. I got it as a present for my 18th birthday from my mom.

I still wear this, but i’m really afraid to service this. Every part is 100% original from the day my mom bought it for me in the ’60. If I send it for a service, Omega might change and replace parts. With new parts, it would lose its charm and a lot of its value. A few years ago, I was at an Omega dealer wearing this watch, and the dealer offered me a brand new Speedmaster plus some extra cash in exchange for my Speedmaster. This was the ultimate motivation to keep mine!

1960 Omega Speedmaster

What an amazing story, and what an interesting couple!

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