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

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 2003
    Reference No: 116519
    Movement No: C0’123’673
    Case No: Y655’195
    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: Accompanied by Rolex guarantee stamped Schmiemann Oberhausen Germany dated June 2004, hang tags, fitted presentation box and outer packaging. Further delivered by International Service Guarantee confirming that the present timepiece has been serviced on 8th February 2019.
    Literature: A similar example prominently illustrated in the Day-Date The Presidential Rolex by Pucci Papaleo p 424

  • Catalogue Essay

    Released at the turn of the millennium, the ever iconic Rolex Cosmograph Daytona ref. 16520 was discontinued and made way for its younger sibling, the ref. 116520. Sporting a newly designed in-house self-winding cal. 4130, the firm entered the new era where they dove into exploring and experimenting with exotic coloured dials, carved out of natural materials. From hardstones to gemstones, each dial is extremely delicate and requires only the most skilled artisans to execute. Varying in lustre, hue, intensity and pattern, these vivid dials are highly sought-after among collectors for each one is like a fingerprint, featuring their own distinctive characteristics that cannot be duplicated.

    Offered in excellent overall condition, the present timepiece is a Rolex Cosmograph Daytona ref. 116519, boasting a romantic red grossular rubellite garnet dial that radiates passion. Topped with diamond-set indexes, the organically unique dial is framed by a sturdy white gold case and further complimented by a set of beautiful crocodile straps in the same fiery tone.

  • 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. 116519
A highly attractive, rare and well-preserved white gold chronograph wristwatch with grossular garnet rubellite dial, diamond-set indexes, guarantee and presentation box

Circa 2003
40mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

HK$240,000 - 480,000 

Sold for HK$403,200

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)