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Rolex Daytona Rainbow with Aftermarket Diamonds - ref 11650
S$ 80,649
Seller
H&Y Jewellery
54
UK
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona - Custom Made Rainbow (dial, bezel,...
S$ 49,724
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Monaco Watch Company
554
MC
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S$ 63,687
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76
US
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1034
US
Rolex Daytona Custom Rainbow
S$ 48,170
Seller
CHRONO 10:10 s.r.o.
28
CZ
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S$ 38,070
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132
DE
Rolex Daytona Yellow Gold Custom Rainbow Diamond Set
S$ 46,473
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BLConcept
11
UK
Rolex Daytona Rainbow
S$ 308,669
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Private Seller
 
CH
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 116520 With Custom Rainbow Dial And...
S$ 38,070
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Paradiso Luxury
100
IT
Rolex Daytona Rainbow Full Pave Diamond 116595RBOW-0002
S$ 574,584
Free shipping
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Watch My Diamonds
263
US
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona "Rainbow" /18k rose gold Ø40mm -...
S$ 403,717
Seller
The Watch Company
342
JP
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Daytona Chronograph "Rainbow" (After-Ma...
S$ 48,139
Seller
Uhrenworld München Center GmbH
270
DE
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona "Rainbow" /18k rose gold Ø40mm -...
S$ 411,898
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CKLY Trading Limited
120
HK
Rolex Daytona Rainbow 18k Yellow Gold 40mm
Price on request
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Element iN Time NYC
255
US
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Rainbow Yellow Gold Oyster Perpetual...
S$ 336,102
Free shipping
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Watches.de - Mercurius Trading Ltd.
166
CH
Rolex Daytona Weißgold Rainbow Diamonds Aftermarket
S$ 69,924
Seller
Juwelier Grace
34
DE
Rolex Daytona mit Rainbow Lünette und Diamant ZB
S$ 31,076
Seller
Juwelier Stahl
185
DE
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 116509 White Gold With Rainbow Custom...
S$ 52,832
Seller
Paradiso Luxury
100
IT
Rolex Daytona Steel Watch With Diamond Face & Bezel Rainbow
S$ 24,852
Seller
Limited-Watches Inc.
29
US
Rolex Daytona Rainbow Yellow Gold 116598RBOW
S$ 357,390
Seller
Bonanno Gioielleria
126
IT
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 116520 Black Venom - Rainbow -...
S$ 36,516
Seller
BLACK VENOM
24
IT
Rolex Daytona 116523 with Custom Rainbow Bezel Custom Black...
S$ 25,815
Seller
Time 4 Diamonds DMCC Ltd
65
UK
Rolex Daytona Rainbow in Everose
Price on request
Free shipping
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K2 Luxury SA
11
CH
Rolex Daytona Rainbow White Gold - 116599RBOW
Price on request
Free shipping
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Watches.de - Mercurius Trading Ltd.
166
CH
Rolex Daytona Rainbow Diamonds Aftermarket Diamanten
S$ 70,701
Seller
Juwelier Grace
34
DE
Rolex EveRose Gold Rainbow Colored Baguette Bezel 116595RBOW...
Price on request
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watchesmiles.com - Luxury Watches
 
HK
Rolex Daytona 18ct Rose Gold Diamond Set Custom Rainbow
S$ 58,151
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WATCHGUY NYC
 
US
Rolex Daytona White Gold Black Mop Roman / Diamond Lugs /...
S$ 40,844
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Limited-Watches Inc.
29
US
Rolex Daytona Rainbow 116599RBOW
Price on request
Seller
Bonanno Gioielleria
126
IT
Rolex Daytona Rainbow
S$ 553,816
Seller
Luxury Souq Dubai
9
AE
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona in Steel with Rainbow Diamond Bezel...
S$ 29,258
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Time 4 Diamonds DMCC Ltd
65
UK
Rolex Daytona Rainbow white gold 116599RBOW
Price on request
Free shipping
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K2 Luxury SA
11
CH
Rolex Daytona Rainbow Full Pave - Bracelet Diamond Everose -...
Price on request
Free shipping
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Watches.de - Mercurius Trading Ltd.
166
CH
Rolex Daytona Rainbow Pinkgold Pave Diamonds Aftermarket
S$ 81,578
Seller
Juwelier Grace
34
DE
Rolex Daytona Cosmograph Everose Rainbow 116595RBOW-0001
S$ 380,496
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Chronus Bridge Limited
 
UK
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Everose Rainbow
S$ 557,277
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Diamond Tsar
CA
Rolex Daytona Yellow Gold Rainbow Diamond Dial & Baguette...
S$ 40,082
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Limited-Watches Inc.
29
US
Rolex Daytona Rainbow 116598RBOW
Price on request
Seller
C.C. WATCHES SARL
17
MC
Rolex Daytona Rose Gold Rainbow Aftermarket
S$ 54,904
Seller
First Watch Company
RU
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona White Gold Rainbow Diamond Bezel 116509
S$ 48,195
Seller
Time 4 Diamonds DMCC Ltd
65
UK
Rolex Daytona Custom Rainbow Diamond
S$ 64,381
Free shipping
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Cagau
AE
Rolex Daytona Rainbow Aftermarket Diamonds Rose Gold Watch
Price on request
Seller
The Store
AE
Rolex Daytona Rainbow Pinkgold Roségold Modell 2018 Aftermarket
S$ 69,147
Seller
Juwelier Grace
34
DE
Rolex Daytona Yellow Gold Rainbow 116598RBOW
S$ 315,730
Seller
Chronus Bridge Limited
 
UK
Rolex Daytona Rainbow Pinkgold Roségold Modell 2018 Aftermarket
S$ 76,916
Seller
Juwelier Grace
34
DE
Rolex Daytona Yellow Gold Watch Mens 116528 Model, Rainbow...
S$ 36,621
Seller
Limited-Watches Inc.
29
US
Rolex Daytona Rainbow Diamonds Aftermarket Diamanten
S$ 69,147
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Juwelier Grace
34
DE
Rolex Daytona Yellow Gold Watch Rainbow Face Yellow Gold Bezel...
S$ 30,391
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Limited-Watches Inc.
29
US
Rolex Daytona 18ct White Gold ref. 116509 Custom Rainbow...
S$ 65,410
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Time 4 Diamonds DMCC Ltd
65
UK
Rolex Daytona, Aftermarket Rainbow 116528 Yellow Gold, Dia
S$ 60,168
Free shipping
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Cagau
AE
Rolex Daytona Rainbow Aftermarket Diamonds Watch
Price on request
Seller
The Store
AE
Rolex Custom Diamond Set Rainbow Rolex Daytona Steel/Yellow...
S$ 34,422
Seller
Time 4 Diamonds DMCC Ltd
65
UK
Rolex Daytona 18ct White Gold Diamond Set Custom Rainbow 116509
S$ 60,246
Seller
Time 4 Diamonds DMCC Ltd
65
UK
Rolex Daytona 18ct White Gold Diamond Set Custom Rainbow 116509
S$ 56,802
Seller
Time 4 Diamonds DMCC Ltd
65
UK
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S$ 36,144
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Time 4 Diamonds DMCC Ltd
65
UK
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S$ 68,853
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Time 4 Diamonds DMCC Ltd
65
UK

Rolex Rainbow – The Diamond-Studded Daytona

The Rainbow Daytona is Rolex's extravagant chronograph. Sapphire stones in the colors of the rainbow decorate the bezel, and diamonds stud the case and dial. Thanks to its stopwatch function, this striking timepiece is also a functional accessory.

Striking Features of the Rolex Rainbow

  • Jewels in all the colors of the rainbow
  • High-quality chronometer: in-house caliber 4130
  • Daytona chronograph for keeping the time
  • Models in white, yellow, and Everose gold

The Daytona with a Colorful Jewel Bezel

It's hard to miss a Rolex Daytona Rainbow thanks to its characteristic gemstones that shine in the colors of the rainbow. Thirty-six baguette-cut sapphires adorn the bezel, sparkling in bright red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. Most examples use eight diamonds to mark the indices, though some use 11 precious stones instead. Gems also ornament the lugs and crown protector on many examples. Like every Daytona, the Rolex Rainbow also functions as a chronograph. The in-house caliber 4130, introduced by Rolex in 2001, allows you to time periods of up to 12 hours. Thanks to its frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (A/h), you can measure the time to an eighth of a second.

How much does a Rolex Rainbow cost?

Model Price (approx.) Case
Rainbow Ref. 116598 RBOW 220,000 USD 18k yellow gold
Rainbow Ref. 116599 RBOW 228,000 USD 18k white gold
Aftermarket model (Basis: Daytona Ref. 116520) 21,000 USD Stainless steel

Detailed Price Information

The Rolex Rainbow is one of the most coveted versions of the Daytona among Rolex fans and watch enthusiasts. This is due to its colorful appearance in contrast to the subdued tones of typical Rolex watches and to the fact that only a very limited number were produced. The most eye-catching part of this watch is without a doubt the bezel, with its 36 baguette-cut sapphires that shine in the colors of the rainbow. The lugs and crown protector are also adorned with diamonds, and the black dial bears eight diamonds as hour markers. Only the 3, 6, and 9 are marked with golden Arabic numerals (15, 30, and 45). A golden five-pointed Rolex crown occupies the 12 o'clock position. The luxury watch manufacturer uses a gold alloy on the small seconds dial, the 12-hour counter, and 30-minute counter. This alloy is reminiscent of a gold nugget and matches the color of the 40-mm case. On the example with reference number 116598 RBOW, the case is made of 18-carat yellow gold, while on Ref. 116599 RBOW it is made of 18-carat white gold.

Don't let its glitzy appearance fool you – the Rolex Rainbow is also a high-quality chronograph. The in-house caliber 4130 ticks away inside of it with the precision of a certified chronometer. Of course, such a coveted watch comes at a price. A new Rolex Rainbow in yellow gold goes for around 220,000 USD, and a model in white gold costs around 228,000 USD. Pre-owned models are only marginally less expensive, at 208,000 USD for yellow gold and 152,000 USD for white gold. In early 2018, Rolex announced that it would be introducing a Daytona Rainbow in Everose gold. In contrast to the yellow and white gold models, the index markers on the Everose model with Ref. 116595RBOW are made of the same colorful sapphires found on the bezel. The price for the rose gold model is only available upon request, but it is safe to assume that it is similar to the other Rainbow models.

Aftermarket Rainbow Replicas

Since the original Rainbow is such a rare model, there are also numerous replicas on the market. Interesting among these are the so-called aftermarket models, which can also be found on Chrono24. These watches are authentic Daytona models that were subsequently fitted with colorful stones. The stones are often simple crystals, though sometimes sapphires and diamonds are used.

Overall, the quality of the aftermarket models cannot compete with a real Rainbow from Rolex. This is clear from the subdials, which often look copied, and the lower quality color of the crystals added to the bezel. That being said, one of these modified Daytonas is significantly less expensive than an original. A model with a stainless steel case goes for as low as 21,000 USD, whereas a gold model costs around 31,000 USD and a white gold model around 35,000 USD.

Rolex Rainbow Design: 40 mm, 18k Gold

The 40-mm case of the Rainbow Daytona is available in 18-karat white, yellow, and Everose gold. The yellow gold model has the most impressive appearance, with its matte black dial and diamond indices. There are golden Arabic numerals (15, 30, 45) at the 3, 6, and 9 positions, and the five-pointed Rolex crown is located at 12 o'clock. The golden, camouflage-patterned subdials at three, six, and nine o'clock function as the small seconds, 30-minute counter, and 12-hour counter, respectively. The three small hands are red like the main stopwatch hand, while the other central hands for the minute and hour are golden.

Precious gems such as diamonds and sapphires make the Rainbow even more valuable. Most noticeable are the 36 baguette-cut sapphires on the bezel, which span the entire color spectrum of the rainbow, from red to purple. White, "brilliant-cut diamonds" cover the lugs and crown protector. A three-piece link Oyster bracelet made of 18-karat yellow gold keeps the watch securely on your wrist.

History of the Rolex Daytona Since 1963

The Daytona has been connected to racing from the start. Rolex presented the timepiece in 1963, naming it after the eponymous race track in Daytona Beach, Florida. The chronograph was introduced at a time when racing chronographs dominated the industry. Today, Rolex is still best known for three-hand watches; some of their most popular collector's watches are the Submariner and GMT-Master. This could be one reason why the Daytona didn't sell well at first. Vintage Daytonas from the 1960s are thus especially rare and sought after.

The "Paul Newman" is one of the most beloved Rolex chronographs, named after the actor and racer Paul Newman. It's said that he received his first Daytona as a gift from his second wife. Newman wore the watch while racing, which contributed to its fame. In late 2017, a model worn by Newman was auctioned for the record-setting price of 17.75 USD. The watch overtook the previous record holder, a Patek Philippe Ref. 1518, as the most expensive watch in the world. Unlike typical Daytonas, the Paul Newman model has a contrasting dial edge. The three subdials feature Arabic numerals in an Art Deco style with small squares at the end of the line indices.

In-House Caliber 4130 with Chronometer Precision

The Rolex Rainbow has been powered by the in-house caliber 4130 since 2001. The balance wheel with a blue Parachrom hairspring vibrates at 28,800 A/h. It has been made of a zirconium-niobium alloy since 2005, making it unaffected by magnetic fields. The watch is regulated via Microstella nuts on the balance rim, as is every Rolex in-house caliber. Normally, a watch requires a regulator, which lengthens or shortens the balance spring, thereby influencing the movement's precision. The power reserve is 72 hours, or 66 hours if the chronograph function is turned on. The watch is also water resistant to 100 m (328 feet or 10 bar) thanks to a screw-down case back, push-pieces, and crown.