Just a few days in the past, H.Q. Milton provided a R-series Zenith Rolex Daytona 16520 with sought-after Floating Cosmograph dial from 1988 on their official IG. A more in-depth take a look at the engravings between the lugs at 12 o’clock revealed that each, the Orig. Rolex Design textual content and the reference quantity have been reengraved. The engravings between the lugs at 6 o’clock, specifically the Stainless Steel textual content and the case quantity, are spot on and unique Rolex. There aren’t any actual indicators of abrasion brought on by the bracelet finish hyperlinks as usually seen on older Daytonas. So the query is, why was the 12 o’clock facet utterly reengraved?
A comparability of the watch in query (high) with an untouched R-series 16520 reveals a number of discrepancies. The most blatant deviation will be seen on the numbers, particularly the 5 and the two. Another vital element is the dot after Orig which was solely launched someday later.
The engravings between the lugs at 6 o’clock are unique Rolex. The form of the R and the 9 are very attribute.
The case quantity was obscured by H.Q. Milton. Watch sellers usually state they do that to forestall counterfeiters from stealing case numbers. Another purpose usually recited is that somebody might declare the watch was stolen.
As talked about earlier, there is no such thing as a discernible purpose for reengraving this explicit watch. On trendy references just like the 16520, the tip hyperlinks did now not eat the numbers between the lugs as on older fashions. Reengraving the reference quantity would solely make sense, properly, if it was finished to move a distinct reference as a 16520, as an illustration a Rolex Daytona Ref. 16523 two tone. Both references share the very same chrome steel center case.
A R-series 16523 Two Tone with Floating Cosmograph dial is significantly cheaper and may simply be modified to seem like a 16520. The nickname Floating Cosmograph refers back to the Cosmograph print which is “floating” beneath the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified textual content. On later sequence, there was no hole between Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified and Cosmograph.
The solely factor standing in the best way could be the “fallacious” engravings between the lugs at 12 o’clock.
In these days, Rolex assigned sure case numbers to sure references. Based on the case quantity it will be fairly simple to inform if the watch in query is a 16520 or a 16523. Unfortunately, the case quantity was obscured which brings me to the opposite huge problem. The rattling follow of obsuring case numbers and the lame excuses for doing so.
There are sufficient disclosed case numbers on the market for counterfeiters to steal, so this argument holds no water. The different story that somebody might declare the watch was stolen sounds extra like a pretext. Someone claiming such factor must show it. No, the best way I see it, probably the most believable purpose for obscuring the numbers is to forestall folks from researching the watches.
It will likely be attention-grabbing to see how this story develops and whether or not H.Q. Milton will disclose the total case variety of this watch. If the watch in query is certainly a transformed 16523, it will be a brand new stage of fakery. However, H.Q. Milton is probably not conscious of the problems. My impression is that they merely lack the data on this area. In October 2020, the San Francisco-based seller provided a faux Rolex Daytona Ref. 6262 on their web site. I contacted them twice to warn concerning the watch however there was no response. Subsequently, I warned concerning the watch in public. Faced with an enormous backlash, H.Q Milton rapidly withdrew the watch. Soon after, they blocked me on IG.
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