Rolex - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XV Hong Kong Monday, November 28, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1999
    Reference No: 16519
    Movement No: 182’565
    Case No: A722’061
    Model Name: Cosmograph Daytona
    Material: 18K white gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 4030, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold Rolex Oyster deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 40mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Delivered with a Rolex International Service Guarantee dated 4th April 2022.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Released in 1989, the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 16500 series was the firm’s first self-winding Daytona reference powered by the robust and proclaimed Zenith El Primero based cal. 4030. A true revelation and a milestone for the firm, it was the start to a modern era of the coveted Daytona. Initially released in stainless steel, the reference offered a wide array of dial options and case materials shortly after.

    Bedazzled timepieces have always been a special treat for collectors due to the flare and craftsmanship behind each individual timepiece. While the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona has offered gem-set examples ranging from diamonds, sapphire, ruby and emerald in various cuts and settings, it offers collectors a luxurious alternative to the robust sports watch.

    The present Rolex Cosmograph Daytona ref. 16519 from circa 1999 in white gold features a flamboyant pave diamond-set dial further adorned with sapphire-set indexes, giving the present timepiece a dazzling appeal. Offered in attractive overall condition with its original dial, the watch was also recently serviced by Rolex. For collectors who are looking to add a hint of flare to their collection, this is an exquisite chance for collectors to acquire.

  • 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. 16519
A fine and impressive white gold chronograph wristwatch with pavé diamond-set dial and sapphire-set indexes

Circa 1999
40mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

HK$400,000 - 630,000 

Sold for HK$441,000

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2001

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XV

28 - 29 November 2022 (Online Registration ends 27 Nov, 2pm HKT)