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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 2012
    Reference No: 116520
    Case No: 8R'3S4'248
    Model Name: "Cosmograph Daytona APH"
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 4130, 44 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, max length 205mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 40mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex numbered hang tag and guarantee card.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Reference 116520 replaced its predecessor reference 16520 in 2000. It most notably features caliber 4130, which is Rolex’s first in-house chronograph movement. Today, it is an iconic model, representing one of Rolex's many technical strides throughout horological history.

    The present watch is an extremely rare variant within the 116520 family, and is nicknamed the "APH Daytona" due to its dial configuration. Produced between approximately 2011 to 2014, this version displays a gap between the "R" and "APH" in "Cosmograph" on the dial. It is incredibly rare to find this dial version, no less in such original and crisp condition. The present watch is furthermore accompanied by its original guarantee and numbered hang tag.

  • Maker Bio

    Rolex

    Swiss • 1905

    Founded in 1905 England by Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis as Wilsdorf & Davis, it soon became known as the Rolex Watch Company in 1915, moving its headquarters to Geneva in 1919. Like no other company, the success of the wristwatch can be attributed to many of Rolex's innovations that made them one of the most respected and well-known of all luxury brands. These innovations include their famous "Oyster" case — the world's first water resistant and dustproof watch case, invented in 1926 — and their "Perpetual" — the first reliable self-winding movement for wristwatches launched in 1933. They would form the foundation for Rolex's Datejust and Day-Date, respectively introduced in 1945 and 1956, but also importantly for their sports watches, such as the Explorer, Submariner and GMT-Master launched in the mid-1950s.

    One of its most famous models is the Cosmograph Daytona. Launched in 1963, these chronographs are without any doubt amongst the most iconic and coveted of all collectible wristwatches. Other key collectible models include their most complicated vintage watches, including references 8171 and 6062 with triple calendar and moon phase, "Jean Claude Killy" triple date chronograph models and the Submariner, including early "big-crown" models and military-issued variants.

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Rolex

Ref. 116520
A highly rare and attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with "APH" dial, bracelet, hang tag and guarantee

2012
40mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

Estimate
CHF15,000 - 25,000 
€14,100-23,500
$15,400-25,700

sold for CHF35,000

Contact Specialist

Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Watches, Continental Europe and the Middle East

41 79 637 1724
aghotbi@phillips.com

The Geneva Watch Auction: XI

Geneva Auction 27 - 28 June 2020