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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 2006
    Reference No: 1165994RU
    Case No: D806’772
    Model Name: Cosmograph Daytona
    Material: 18K white gold, diamonds and rubies
    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: Accompanied by Rolex guarantee stamped Badort Neuss dated July 2006, Rolex Japan service invoice and quotation, service guarantees, 2005-2006 calendar card, green card holder, hang tags, outer packaging and fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The new millennium brought to us an era of refreshing Rolex Daytona references from new materials to those bedazzled with gemstones. While it is already known prior to the ref. 116500 series, that Rolex were offering collectors with extremely rare gem-set variants of the iconic Daytona model such as the refs. 6269 and 6270, over the years the selection has grown, and each variant created in low quantities with some lower than others. With that said, gem-set Daytona’s are rare, and the trend has proven itself with the recent spike in demand for these bedazzled icons of the 21st century.

    Released in 2000, the Rolex Daytona ref. 116500 series housed the firm’s first in-house self-winding chronograph movement, cal. 4130. A breakthrough for the firm, the ref. 116500 series still remains as one of the most sought-after Daytona references today. The present example Rolex Daytona ref. 1165994RU is a rare gem-set variant featuring a baguette-cut diamond and ruby-set bezel atop of a pave diamond-set dial and hoods. Cased in white gold, the contrast against the factory-set diamonds are sublime yet subtle and blended in. The four rubies set on 12,3,6 & 9 o’clock on the bezel plays an elegant and luxurious touch to the already impressive pave dial with Roman numerals.

    Complete with its full set of accessories and serviced by Rolex Japan, the present example Rolex Daytona ref. 1165994RU from circa 2006 is an early example of the reference. With growing interest from collectors today appreciating the charm and rarity of gem-set Daytona’s today, the present example offered in attractive overall condition is just the perfect piece for the discerned lady or gentlemen collectors looking to add a bit of flare to their collection.

  • 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. 1165994RU
An extravagant, bedazzled and rare white gold and diamond-set chronograph wristwatch with pave diamond-set dial, Roman numerals, baguette-cut diamond and ruby-set bezel, guarantee and presentation box

Circa 2006
40mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

HK$630,000 - 1,300,000 

Sold for HK$1,134,000

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Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia 
+852 2318 2031

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIV

Hong Kong Auction 27 - 28 May 2022