Rolex - The Geneva Watch Auction: XV Geneva Saturday, May 7, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 2012
    Reference No: 116519
    Movement No: C0575263
    Case No: Z'631'552
    Model Name: Cosmograph Daytona
    Material: 18K white gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 4130, 44 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Alligator
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold Rolex Oyster deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 40mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex guarantee dated June 06, 2012 stamped Arije Paris, hang tag, green card holder, product literature, outer packaging and fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    When it comes to experimenting, researching, and inventing new dial materials for use in wristwatches, Rolex has always been at the vanguard. As each natural material used for a timepiece is different from the previous one and the future one, due to their natural composition, each watch necessitates a great deal of precision of attention.

    When Rolex released the meteorite dial, it was a significant step forward in the industry, with many people wondering how it would look within a wristwatch case. Each meteorite dial fitted would never be similar from one dial to the next due to its natural makeup, making each example unique. A slice of Gibeon meteorite is carefully cut for each dial, then a layer of acid-wash is put to the surface to maximize the dial's appearance.

    The present example ref. 116519 in 18K white gold is presented to you in excellent overall condition, accompanied by its original box and papers stamped Arije Paris. Classic and timeless this Daytona is understated and comfortable to wear. It is equally enjoyable both by ladies and men who grasp and understand the values of comfort, practicality and subtlety in an every day timepiece.

  • Artist Biography


    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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Ref. 116519
An elegant and rare white gold chronograph wristwatch with meteorite dial, guarantee and box

40mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

CHF30,000 - 60,000 

Sold for CHF94,500

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XV

Geneva Auction 7 - 8 May 2022