Here at Miltons we can’t be arbiters of taste, but we do enjoy spotting what’s right and what’s not. This 18ct Rolex Daytona offered to us in July 2015 looks like a 116598RBOW “Rainbow” model……but it’s not. The coloured stone bezel was not made by Rolex, nor was the dial. Those sub-dials should have the gold-crystal effect, not the camouflage finish they do here. Most obvious of all, the model reference 116528 confirms that this watch left Geneva with a plain gold bezel. A genuine Rolex at heart, but it has had third party work of arguable value / detriment carried out on it. Out of interest, we mentioned this watch to one of our favourite Rolex main agents who confirmed that the genuine coloured bezel costs so much to make because, on average, seven baguette-cut gem-stones out of every ten break before being successfully fitted into place. I’ll not wear mine for dry stone walling then.

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