A fine and rare white gold chronograph wristwatch with meteorite dial, guarantee and box

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 2005
    Reference No: 116519
    Case No: F983’924
    Model Name: Cosmograph Daytona
    Material: 18K white gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 4130, 44 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold Rolex Oyster deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 40mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Further accompanied by Rolex guarantee dated 28th March 2006 stamped Oriental Watch Co., LTD. Kowloon, hang tags, green card holder, product literature, outer packaging and fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Rolex has always been at the forefront when it comes to experimenting, researching and developing new dial materials to be incorporated in a wristwatch. Requiring tremendous amounts of precision and care, each natural material used in a watch requires differing methods of execution due to its natural composition yielding various hardness. When Rolex introduced the meteorite dial, it was an advancement in the industry with many curious on how it would look inside the case of a wristwatch.

    Due to its natural composition, each meteorite dial fitted would never be identical from one dial to another, making each example unique. For each dial made, a slice of Gibeon meteorite is precisely cut accordingly with a layer of acid-wash applied on the surface to maximize the intensity of the texture of the meteorite.

    The present example ref. 116519 fitted with a rare meteorite dial is accompanied by its original guarantee stamped with a local Hong Kong retailer.

  • Maker Bio

    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. 116519
A fine and rare white gold chronograph wristwatch with meteorite dial, guarantee and box

勞力士,「Cosmograph Daytona」型號116519,精細,18K白金自動計時腕錶,備天然隕石錶盤,約2005年製。附原裝證書、錶盒、配件

Circa 2005
40mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

Estimate
HK$160,000 - 200,000 
€18,300-22,900
$20,500-25,600

sold for HK$212,500

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