In the early 2000s, Rolex also introduced a quartet of white gold ref. 116519 Daytonas with colorful dials. These watches are collectively known as the ‘Beach Daytona’ series due to their vibrant dials in blue, yellow, green, and pink. The first two were made of yellow and pink mother of pearl, while the two others were made of stone dials – chrysoprase and turquoise.
Chrysoprase is a chalcedony gemstone that can range in color from pale to dark green. Its name is Greek in origin and translates to “golden apple” – a fitting description for the apple-green tint of the dial. Turquoise, on the other hand, is an opaque mineral that is a hydrated phosphate of copper and aluminum. It occurs in varying shades of blue and green and is well-loved for its intense hue.