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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 2001
    Reference No: 116520
    Movement No: C0028946
    Case No: P607470
    Model Name: Cosmograph Daytona
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, 4130, 44 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, 160 mm. maximum length, end links stamped 78490
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex folding twinlock deployant clasp stamped Rolex ref 78490
    Dimensions: 38.5 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Rolex undated Attestation de Chronomètre Officiel, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.
    Literature: For another example of a reference 116520 with ivory dial, please see Ultimate Rolex Daytona by Pucci Papaleo, page 592 to 596.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present reference 16520 is a rare variant of the well-known automatic Daytona, featuring an ivory or cream-coloured dial. The watch is also presented in extremely well preserved condition, retaining original factory green sticker, guarantee and box.

    The dial over the years has aged from white to warm ivory, which is charming in appearance and further highlights the rarity of this automatic Daytona.

  • 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. 116520
A very rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with ivory dial, bracelet, original Guarantee and fitted presentation box

2001
38.5 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$120,000 - 180,000 

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2030
[email protected]

Ziyong Ho
Specialist
+852 9386 2032
[email protected]

Jill Chen
Specialist
+852 2318 2033
[email protected]

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: ONE

Hong Kong Auction 1 December 2015 11am