Rolex - The New York Watch Auction: X New York Saturday, June 8, 2024 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 2005
    Reference No: 116599RBR
    Movement No: C3’266’332
    Case No: Z'397'646
    Model Name: Cosmograph Daytona
    Material: 18K white gold and diamonds
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 4130, 44 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold Rolex deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 40mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed.
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex guarantee card, medallion tag, hang tag, and Rolex inner and outer presentation boxes.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Over the years, Rolex has introduced numerous iterations of the Daytona, each with its own unique features and characteristics. From different dial configurations to various materials and bezel designs, the Daytona lineup offers something for every taste and preference.

    While Rolex is renowned for its tool watches, it's often overlooked that the brand also excels in crafting gem-set timepieces. The gem-set Rolex Daytona, exemplified by models like the present Daytona reference 116599RBR, showcases Rolex's expertise in combining quality gems with precision utility. The current lot features meticulously selected round, brilliant-cut diamonds adorning the bezel, dial and end-links, elevating the Daytona to a new level of sophistication and glamour. While gem-setting can be subjective to individual tastes, the use of top quality, internally flawless, matched diamonds, as showcased here, is objectively stunning.

    Preserved in oustanding condition with its full set of accessories including the Rolex guarantee card, hang tags, and presentation boxes, the present example is a wonderful opportunity to purchase a dazzling variant of the iconic Daytona.

  • 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. 116599RBR
A superb diamond-set white gold chronograph wristwatch with guarantee and presentation box

Circa 2005
40mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed.

$40,000 - 80,000 

Sold for $127,000

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