Rolex - The Geneva Watch Auction: XIX featuring the Guido Mondani Collection Geneva Saturday, May 11, 2024 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 2014
    Reference No: 116518
    Movement No: C0'593'976
    Case No: 46'5H5'292
    Model Name: Cosmograph Daytona
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 4130, 44 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Rolex Oyster deployant clasp stamped 24640
    Dimensions: 40mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex guarantee card dated May 18th, 2014 and stamped A. Hartmann & Son, Ireland.

  • Catalogue Essay

    A revolutionary change in the Daytona lineup occurred in 2000 when Rolex updated the automatic Cosmograph Daytona, introducing the brand’s first, fully in-house chronograph movement, the caliber 4130. The present Cosmograph Daytona ref. 116518 in yellow gold features such a movement and is fitted with a mesmerizing white mother-of-pearl dial with Arabic numerals.

    Mother of pearl has a natural, lustrous quality and adds a touch of elegance and luxury to the robustness one would expect from a Cosmograph Daytona. The result is nothing less than a stunning, shimmering dial that catches the light and sparkles like no other. Exuberant in design thanks to the combination of warmth and iridescence, the watch breathes charisma and audacity.

    Offered in excellent overall condition and still retaining its factory stickers, the present example is a spectacular option for collectors who are looking for a subtle hint of flamboyance combined with the already iconic aesthetics of the Daytona model.

  • 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. 116518
A rare and attractive yellow gold chronograph wristwatch with mother-of-pearl dial, Arabic numerals and guarantee

40mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

CHF20,000 - 40,000 

Sold for CHF34,290

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XIX featuring the Guido Mondani Collection

Geneva Auction 11 - 12 May 2024