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

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1997
    Reference No: 16519
    Movement No: 159’906
    Case No: U847’791
    Model Name: Cosmograph Daytona
    Material: 18K white gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 4030, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Rubber
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold Rolex Oyster deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 40mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Rolex Cosmograph Daytona has long been a fan favourite and even more so during the launch of the ref. 16500 series featuring for the first time, a self-winding caliber. Marking an important debut for the Daytona, the Zenith El Primero based cal. 4030 was only used in this particular series up until 2000 when Rolex released their new line of Daytona models featuring the firm’s first ever in-house self-winding cal. 4130.

    The present example Rolex Cosmograph Daytona ref. 16519 is a rare bird. Not only is it cased in white gold, but it is also fitted with an attractive and rare blue sodalite dial with diamond-set indexes. A luxurious touch to the robust sports chronograph, the present example is great for daily wear or on the weekend, the versatile piece can be worn perfectly under the cuff of a blue suit or casually with a linen shirt.

  • 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. 16519
A fine and rare white gold chronograph wristwatch with sodalite dial and diamond-set indexes

Circa 1997
40mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

Estimate
HK$220,000 - 400,000 
€27,000-49,200
$28,200-51,300

Sold for HK$378,000

Contact Specialist

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

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XV

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