Rolex - The Geneva Watch Auction: XVIII Geneva Friday, November 3, 2023 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 2003
    Reference No: 116519
    Case No: K837940
    Model Name: Cosmograph Daytona "Beach"
    Material: 18K white gold and chrysoprase
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 4130, 44 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Lizard
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold Rolex deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 40mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex guarantee dated December 22, 2003, green presentation box, hang tag, green envelope, product literature and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    For a very short time in the early 2000s, Rolex produced one of the most surprising, attractive and unusual variations of the Cosmograph Daytona: the so-called "Daytona Beach". It was released in four different colors. As it often happens with many appreciated models in Rolex’s rich history, these pieces were originally regarded with a mix of surprise and amazement to their iconoclastic looks, but not much warmth. Only in recent years their undisputed beauty has been truly rediscovered and appreciated, making them not only one of the most collectible modern Daytona models, but also one of the most wearable indeed due to their carefree and playful appeal. Once again, Rolex proved themselves not only capable of anticipating fashion trends, but also brave enough to actually put such daring ideas to the test of the market. Such a situation will be repeated with uncanny similarity, about a decade and a half later, when the House introduced the “Rainbow” Daytona.

    The present dial is fitted with a stunning green hard stone dial known as chrysoprase. Its condition is particularly noteworthy as it is not only accompanied by its guarantee dated December 22, 2003, special "Beach" green presentation box, hang tag, green envelope, product literature and outer packaging, it also has its original caseback sticker still present.

  • 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 attractive white gold chronograph wristwatch with chrysoprase dial, guarantee, presentation box and outer packaging

Circa 2003
40mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

CHF30,000 - 60,000 

Sold for CHF63,500

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XVIII

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