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Skeleton Concept Revitalise Samuel Eto’o’s Rolex Daytona in Gold

Samuel Eto'o Rolex Daytona Skeleton Concept Gold

The Daytona is a legendary watch for relatively good reasons. It’s been the ultimate racing watch ever since Paul Newman turned it into an icon and has remained one of the single most in-demand timepieces in the world. Seriously, try getting hold of one. And yet for many a collector, their appreciation of the Daytona doesn’t quite match it’s prestige. Sure, it’s a lovely chronograph, but it’s missing something, that little spark that turns it from a collectible into a grail piece. That’s where Skeleton Concept comes in.

Their name’s pretty self-explanatory. Skeleton Concept specialise in, well, skeletonising watches. In the case of their custom piece for legendary Cameroonian striker Samuel Eto’o, that watch was a stainless steel Daytona.

Samuel Eto'o Concept in stainless steel

Samuel Eto’o Concept in stainless steel

The studio did what they did best and the result was extraordinary: a colourful, openworked Daytona complete with a black carbon bezel, a high performance take on the racing watch that’s far more modern than anything produced by Rolex proper.

Yet for some collectors, even that wasn’t enough. I mean, if you’re going for a custom Rolex you may as well push the boat out as far as it’ll go. And so Skeleton Concept have now reinterpreted the Samuel Eto’o Daytona in this beautiful new gold version.

Samuel Eto'o Rolex Daytona Skeleton Concept Gold

The dial is the same as the steel version, with subdial rings with green, red and yellow indexes – the flag colours of the Republic of Cameroon – floating above the fully visible Rolex 4130 calibre underneath. The forged carbon bezel is similar too, except that what was steel previously is now gold – and the difference it makes is extraordinary.

Samuel Eto'o Rolex Daytona Skeleton Concept Gold case

The precious metal transforms the Samuel Eto’o Concept from a previously understated (as these things go) watch into a luxury statement piece. It’s still as readable as ever, still a serious racing watch with a serious movement underneath. While Skeleton Concept have done their mandated work on that movement too, it’s lost none of the accuracy and reliability on which Rolex have built their crown.

The Samuel Eto’o Concept Gold isn’t the only skeletonised Daytona out there of course; it’s one of the most popular ways to customise the racing watch. Yet few studios have actually managed to do it with the expertise of Skeleton Concept. After all, it’s their name.

More details at Skeleton Concept.

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