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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 2010
    Reference No: 116520
    Movement No: 0’549’763
    Case No: G165’005
    Model Name: Cosmograph Daytona
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 4130, 44 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, max length 180mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 40mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex guarantee stamped Kee Hing Hung PTE LTD Singapore dated 5th August 2011, Rolex service guarantee, hang tags, outer packaging and fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    While the meteoric rise in demand and value for discontinued Rolex sports models continues to flourish, the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona ref. 116520 is certainly one that has enjoyed the ride and still going. Introduced in 2000, the ref. 116520 was the firm’s first Cosmograph Daytona to utilize the manufacturer’s very first self-winding chronograph cal. 4130. Offered with two variations in stainless steel, a black dial and a white dial, the timeless appeal for the discontinued reference is simply perfection. Throughout its course of production from 2000 to 2016, some elements were refined by Rolex with some examples fitted with a white dial turning cream.

    The present example is a rare variant within the 116520 family, and is nicknamed the "APH Daytona" due to its dial configuration. Produced from 2011 to 2014 approximately, this version displays a gap between the "R" and "APH" in "Cosmograph" on the dial. The present example featuring the rare trait is offered in excellent overall condition with a very well-preserved dial and is further complete with its full set of accessories. With a growing demand for these rare examples, this is the perfect opportunity for lovers of the Daytona to acquire one.

  • 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 fine and attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with “APH” dial, bracelet, guarantee and presentation box

Circa 2010
40mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

Estimate
HK$120,000 - 180,000 
€13,300-20,000
$15,400-23,100

Sold for HK$239,400

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2031
[email protected]

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIII

Hong Kong Auctions 25-26 November 2021