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

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 2000
    Reference No: 116519
    Case No: P155’820
    Model Name: Cosmograph Daytona “Beach”
    Material: 18K white gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 4130, 44 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Lizard
    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 Bucherer Switzerland dated 4th August 2000, 2000-2001 calendar, yellow lizard card holder, yellow lizard leather folio with notebook, yellow lizard fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    For a very short time in the early 2000s, Rolex produced one of the most playful, attractive and unusual variations of the Cosmograph Daytona: the "Daytona Beach". It was released in four different colourways. As it often happens with many appreciated models in Rolex’s rich history, these pieces were originally regarded with a mix of surprise and amazement to their vibrant looks, but not much warmth. Only in recent years their undisputed beauty has been truly rediscovered and appreciated, making them not only one of the most collectible modern Daytona models, but also one of the most wearable indeed due to their bold and audacious appeal. Once again, Rolex proved themselves not only capable of anticipating fashion trends, but also brave enough to actually put such daring ideas to the test of the market. Such a situation will be repeated with uncanny similarity, about a decade and a half later, when the House introduced the “Rainbow” Daytona.

    Launched in 2000, the present yellow mother-of-pearl example is one of the first examples sold during the time. Offered with its original guarantee and presentation box, the case bears a “P” serial from circa 2000 and is furthermore preserved in its “new-old-stock" condition.

  • 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 rare, fine and attractive “new-old-stock” white gold chronograph wristwatch with yellow mother-of-pearl dial, guarantee and presentation box

Circa 2000
40mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

HK$320,000 - 640,000 

Sold for HK$567,000

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)