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Tropical Tribute

With its latest homage to Rolex, called Tribute to 6240 Tropical, watch customizer Artisans de Genève will carefully age fifteen Rolex Daytona 6240 dials not at its Swiss headquarters, but in the Bahamas. The resulting dials, according to the company, will emulate the sought-after “tropical” patina of these collectible Rolex watches.

The new dial patina is just one of many customizing procedures Artisans de Genève is now offering collectors who purchase the new Tribute to 6240 Tropical, a limited edition of fifteen re-imagined Rolex Daytona 6240 watches. Buyers have a choice of a light or a dark dial patina. For the lighter shade, the aging process takes five weeks, while darker shades take seven weeks under the Caribbean sun. Each dial will be then finished by hand.

Among its other customizing procedures, Artisans de Genève also replaces the ceramic bezel of the original model 116520 with a Bakelite bezel, a typical 1970s element. The company will also replace the screw-down pushers with longer brass MKO (known as “millerighe”) pushers, which it makes in its workshops.

Similarly, Artisans de Genève will polish the hands until they look like the original hands, and then will polish the case to echo the look of the original model. From the back, an original Rolex 4130 automatic movement (with circular polishing and Geneva Stripes) will here include a new 22-karat gold rotor.

All modifications and finishes are completed in its Swiss workshops of Artisans de Genève, an independent company that operates without affiliation to any other watch brand. Price: 31,260 euros, or about $35,500.

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