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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 2017
    Reference No: 116568
    Movement No: C'0251'926
    Case No: Z'170'026
    Model Name: Cosmograph Daytona
    Material: 18K yellow gold, diamonds and mother-of-pearl
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 4130, 44 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K yellow gold Rolex Oyster bracelet, max length 198mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Rolex deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 39mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex guarantee dated March 16, 2017 and presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Excluding the mythical reference 6270 and 6269, Rolex hardly ever embellished their chronograph models with precious stones. Yet, with the introduction of the automatic Daytona, the manufacture gradually incorporated elaborate Daytona designs to their line of production, due to changing tastes in the market.

    Fitted with a baguette diamond-set bezel and a mother-of-pearl dial, the present watch combines Rolex's gift in gem-setting and creating beautiful movements. Known for their rigorous standards in quality, Rolex is particularly skilled at creating gem-set watches, whether it be a lavishly-set Day-Date, or a an eye-catching and striking SARU GMT. Reference 116568 is cased in yellow gold and is fitted with the Rolex in-house movement, caliber 4130. The yellow mother-of-pearl dial is particularly rare as well.

    The case is preserved in excellent condition, with a strong hallmark on the bottom of the lug. All gold marks remain present and crisp.

  • Artist Biography

    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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Ref. 116568
A rare and attractive yellow gold and diamond-set chronograph wristwatch with bracelet and mother-of-pearl dial, guarantee and presentation box

Circa 2017
39mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

Estimate
CHF30,000 - 50,000 
€27,800-46,300
$32,700-54,500

Sold for CHF81,900

Contact Specialist

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

41 79 637 1724
[email protected]

The Geneva Watch Auction: XII

Geneva Auction 6 - 7 November 2020