Rolex - The Geneva Watch Auction: XIX featuring the Guido Mondani Collection Geneva Saturday, May 11, 2024 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 2018
    Reference No: 116900
    Case No: U9766083
    Model Name: Air-King
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3131, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, max length 200mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 40mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex guarantee dated April 2018, tag, product literature, wallet and presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Officially launched at Baselworld in 2016, the Rolex reference 116900 was welcomed with great interest amongst collectors as it was the release of a former great. Usually fitted in a 34mm case, for the new Air King Rolex opted for a larger and contemporary 40mm diameter case to cater towards new trends and demand. Featuring a semi-glossy black dial, it features a highly legible layout with aviator-style numerals similar to two cockpit instruments developed by Rolex for the British supersonic land vehicle Bloodhound SSC.

    Showcasing a captivating green center seconds hand, that perfectly contrasts against the semi-glossy dial, it further matches with the unusual and hardly ever seen Rolex signature in green. Offered in excellent overall condition and complete with its full set of accessories, the present sporty Rolex Air-King reference 116900 from circa 2018 is certainly a great choice for daily wear.

  • 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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From the Guido Mondani Collection


Ref. 116900
A fine stainless steel wristwatch with center seconds, bracelet, guarantee and presentation box

40mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

CHF4,000 - 8,000 

Sold for CHF9,525

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XIX featuring the Guido Mondani Collection

Geneva Auction 11 - 12 May 2024