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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1998
    Reference No: 16519
    Movement No: 143'819
    Case No: U178662
    Model Name: Cosmograph Daytona
    Material: 18K white gold and sodalite
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 4030, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold Rolex deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 40mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    Introduced in the late 1990s, the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona reference 16519 is the white gold counterpart of the stainless steel reference 16520.

    The present reference 16519 is most notably fitted with a blue sodalite dial. Rolex is particularly imaginative and innovative in its use of hard stone, and the present timepiece is no exception. It furthermore displays hands without luminous material, which is correct for this model. Preserved in excellent condition, the case displays all hallmarks and Rolex markings and is paired along with a matching blue crocodile strap.

  • 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. 16519
A highly rare and attractive white gold chronograph wristwatch with sodalite dial

Circa 1998
40mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

Estimate
CHF20,000 - 40,000 
€20,600-41,200
$20,000-40,100

Sold for CHF47,880

Contact Specialist

Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Watches, Continental Europe and the Middle East
+41 22 317 81 81
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Head of Sale, Geneva
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The Geneva Watch Auction: XVI

Geneva Auction 5 - 6 November 2022