A lesser Daniel Roth from the early Bvlgari period, but one that still retains some design codes of the (by then) departed master.

Apr 07, 2021,14:04 PM

This is a 2002 Daniel Roth Datomax in 18K pink gold, ref. 208.L.40.11.CN.BA. Here shown on a matt coffee lizard Camille Fournet strap. At 35mm x 38mm it recalls the classic sizing of his coveted watches of the early-to-mid 1990s.

Mr. Roth had of course parted ways from Bvlgari by the time this watch reached market, but it's sufficiently evocative to me of his early masterpieces to warrant a buy. Its classic proportions, the signature grey vertical line guilloché, a second guilloché for the small seconds, the prominent (even slightly quirky) date complication, generous perlage on the movement and a guillochéd pink gold rotor, make this watch an enjoyable little bundle front and back. All for the price of a Rolex Submariner even. Just imagine.

It's my second Daniel Roth and my wish now is to chase down something currently quite hard to find: a BB 2147. Any tip-offs welcome.

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Let's say there were early-, mid-, late- and post-Monsieur Roth watches that bore his name. Each transition was accompanied by a dilution of original intent and a departure from 'the code.'

 By: Age_of_Surfaces : April 7th, 2021-17:03
This dilution reached its conclusion when Bvlgari finally dropped Daniel Roth (the name) from its watches. If I'm not mistaken this began at or around the time that LVMH became its majority owner in 2011. By then of course Daniel Roth (the man) had alread... 

I love your style 🤗

 By: Watchonthewrist : April 7th, 2021-22:56
I am a huge fan of DR watches , such elegant and timeless beauties with a own design. I also have a few DRs on my wishlist but currently happy with the ones I already got . ...  

Thanks for sharing your collection

 By: Age_of_Surfaces : April 8th, 2021-11:51
I enjoyed the photographs and surprised myself by being drawn in particular to the first one with the diamond-set bezel. Very nice indeed.

Early DR have so much charm 👍😉

 By: holdemchamp1225 : April 11th, 2021-09:26

There is a mystique that makes them such a draw

 By: Age_of_Surfaces : April 11th, 2021-10:10
The search for early references requires a fair bit of time and effort. I've struck up relationships with a number of established collectors as well as merchants who possess - or have possessed - some of his work in recent times. Let's see if that pays di... 

Agreed 👍

 By: holdemchamp1225 : April 16th, 2021-16:04