Rolex - The Geneva Watch Auction: XVIII Geneva Friday, November 3, 2023 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 2006
    Reference No: 116519
    Movement No: C0088338
    Case No: D'298'399
    Model Name: Cosmograph Daytona
    Material: 18K white gold, sodalite and diamonds
    Calibre: Automatic, caliber 4130, 44 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold Rolex deployant clasp, stamped MA
    Dimensions: 40mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed.
    Accessories: Accompanied by official Rolex punched guarantee stamped Rocca-Calderoni-Sede Mlano and dated 24th January 2006 and Rolex service invoice.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Iconic and everlasting, the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona is probably one of the most recognised and compelling timepieces available today. Introduced in 2000, the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona ref. 116519 is the white gold counterpart of the stainless steel ref. 116520, which was equipped with Rolex’s first in-house self-winding chronograph caliber 4130.

    Preserved in excellent and impressive condition, the present reference 116519 is most notably fitted with a blue sodalite dial and diamond-set numerals. Rolex is particularly imaginative and innovative in its use of hard stone, and the present timepiece is no exception.

  • 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
A rare and highly attractive white gold chronograph wristwatch with sodalite dial and diamond-set numerals, caseback sticker, guarantee and presentation box

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

CHF25,000 - 50,000 

Sold for CHF53,340

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XVIII

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