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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 2002
    Reference No: 116520
    Case No: K917765
    Model Name: Cosmograph Daytona
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 4130, 44 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, max length 190 mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster deployant clasp, stamped DT11 and 78490
    Dimensions: 40 mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Accompanied with Rolex warranty stamped by PT Swisstime on April 14, 2003.

  • Catalogue Essay

    First released in 2000, the 116520 model replaced the preceding 16520 reference, offering a refreshing new case design and a thoroughly upgraded caliber which was Rolex’s first in-house chronograph movement.

    The present watch is certainly one of the most exclusive and special Daytona examples, thanks to the wondrously eye-catching “cream dial”. The topicalization of the white dial only occur on very few examples created between 2000 and 2002 (P, K and few Y serial numbers). With time, the brilliant white dials would age delicately into an off-white, cream-like tonality - flawlessly exemplified by the present watch.

  • 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 rare and highly attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with “Cream Dial”, bracelet and warranty

Circa 2002
40 mm. Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

Estimate
HK$156,000 - 234,000 
€17,200-25,800
$20,000-30,000

Sold for HK$300,000

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: SEVEN

Hong Kong Auction 27 November 2018