An emblematic figure of the motor racing world for nearly 40 years, the Rolex® Daytona® is a coveted timepiece cherished by collectors. With The Tribute Steel Tropical AG02 Challenge, we wanted to pay a tribute to this legend, and most particularly to some famous and rare pieces that acquired over time a very special and sought after “tropical” patina.
This personalization has been requested by a private customer. It is a sample of our know-how and of the personalization services made upon request of our customers. If you would like to customize your timepiece in the same way or following your wishes, please contact us. Please note that due to the limited capacity of our workshops, we are not able to satisfy every demands so please accept our apologies in advance.

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Technical Sheet

Dial modified upon request with aged counters, sunray finish
Refined hours and minutes hands
Handmade Bakelite
Plexi Glass
machined and hand-finished
Stainless steel
Waterproof to 100 meters / 330 feet
Satin vintage polishing 12h/6h
Modified 4130 movement with 22ct rose gold rotor
Transparent sapphire, individually engraved
Dial of the tribute to 6240 tropical watch
It took us several years of research and development to achieve a natural oxidation process that would lead to a uniform amber patina. Our craftsmen will carefully prepare each dial, and send it to the Bahamas to mature under the tropical climate. The maturation time depends on the color of the patina expected, and that we offer you to choose: 5 weeks for a dark patina, 7 weeks for a lighter tone.



Close up of the Tribute to 6240 tropical watch
Side view of the tribute to 6240 tropical watch



Backelite Bezel of the tribute to 6240 Tropical watch

The Bezel

The ceramic bezel of the 116520 model has been replaced by a bakelite bezel, an element typical of the model of the 1970’s, and entirely made by hand in our workshops, on old machines.
Tropical dial of the tribute to 6240 tropical watch

The Dial

Each dial is reworked by hand, upon request. We apply a special treatment before submitting the piece to our exclusive natural oxidation process that will make the counters fade to a brown to rusty patina, depending on the chosen maturation time. The dial is then finished by hand.
tribute to 6240 tropical watch pushers

The Pushers

We replaced the screw down pushers with the longer “millerighe” pushers, developed in our workshops.
Tribute to 6240 tropical steel pushers

The Craftsmen’s

The mark of time

As time goes by, timepieces age and shape beautifully. We have worked to reproduce this passage of time, so each dial acquires its natural patina and its uniqueness
Gils, Craftsman
Illustration of Gil crafstman
Pushers close up of the tribute to 6240 watch
entire view of the tribute to 6240 tropical
The glass has been replaced by a plexi glass that we have developed in our workshops. The case has been machined and finished by hand to give it the look of the original Rolex® Daytona® 6240 model. Delicate and refined, the hands discretely embellish the richness of the “tropical” dial. Each hand is diamond polished so that it acquires the shape of the original ones. As a final touch, we applied a vintage 12h/6h polishing entirely handmade.

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Close up of the tropical dial of the Tribute to 6240 tropical watch
Bracelet of the Tribute to 6240 Tropical watch
4130 Mouvement of the tribute to 6240 Tropical watch

Modified 4130


Symbol of reliability and aesthetics, the Rolex® 4130 caliber is for every watchmaker a benchmark for precision and timekeeping. We have preserved the original qualities of the Rolex® 4130 mechanism while enhancing it with our exclusive signature, a 22 ct rose gold rotor, made by hand, that can be glimpsed through a transparent sapphire case back. It bears a Geneva Stripe pattern and has a circular polishing.
Dial and hands close up of the tribute to 6240 tropical watch

Some of our
Past Challenges

You can discover below some challenges that we took for our clients. We are ready to take the one you will give us on your own favorite timepiece.