Rolex - The Geneva Watch Auction: XII Geneva Saturday, November 7, 2020 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 2005
    Reference No: 116599 SA
    Case No: D80'9871
    Model Name: Cosmograph Daytona
    Material: 18k white gold, sapphires and diamonds
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 4130, 44 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Alligator
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k white gold Rolex deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 40mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex punched Garantie/Attestation de Chronomètre Officiel, card holder, fitted box, outer box, product literature and travel pouch.

  • Catalogue Essay

    It is incredible how a brand better known for its tool watches also makes some of the most delicately gem-set timepieces available on the market.

    Bedazzled with baguette-cut rubies and diamonds on the bezel and brilliant-cut diamonds on the lugs and dial, the white and blue chromatic effect is jaw dropping in its splendour. Indeed the shimmering bezel is lavishly adorned with 48 baguette-cut diamonds and 12 sapphires, the and the lugs are enriched with 48 brilliant-cut diamonds balancing the case. The diamonds alone weigh approximately 4.30 carats in total.

    In almost unworn condition accompanied by its fitted box, punched warranty and green sticker on the caseback still intact, rarely a sports watch has been embellished with such opulence

  • 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. 116599 SA
A superb diamond and sapphire-set white gold chronograph wristwatch with guarantee and presentation box

Circa 2005
40mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

CHF40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for CHF75,600

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Head of Watches, Continental Europe and the Middle East

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XII

Geneva Auction 6 - 7 November 2020