Rolex - The New York Watch Auction: SIX New York Saturday, June 11, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 2018
    Reference No: 116595RBOW
    Case No: 7P’574’852
    Model Name: Cosmograph Daytona “Rainbow”
    Material: 18K pink gold, sapphires, diamonds
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 4130, 44 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K pink gold Rolex Oyster bracelet, max length 195mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K pink gold Rolex deployant clasp, stamped D6M
    Dimensions: 40mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, and bracelet signed.
    Accessories: Accompanied by original Rolex International Guarantee card dated August 24th 2018, guarantee manual, leather wallet, medallion, hangtag, and inner and outer presentation boxes.

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    After years of introducing various gem-set wristwatches, all increasing in levels of audacity, in 2012 Rolex finally crossed the Rubicon of restraint and introduced their most spectacular, serially produced, gem-set Cosmograph Daytona yet: the reference RBOW, known colloquially as the Rainbow Daytona. It graces the wrists of professional athletes, financiers, serious and otherwise unobtrusive watch collectors, fashion gurus, music artists, and others. It is an unbridled celebration of the joy of watchmaking and watch collecting.

    Excellence, opulence, decadence: the Rainbow Daytona was originally introduced only in white and yellow gold. Set with 36 rainbow-hued sapphires, 56 diamonds adorning the lugs and crown guards, and diamonds indicating the hours, to call the Rainbow Daytona luxurious and lavish is an exercise in understatement. Each sapphire – every single gemstone used is internally flawless - is perfectly cut to fit without prongs into the bezel, and selected with the right color for transitioning to the stones on adjacent sides, so that rather than seeming like 36 individual stones, they blend into one another. Then, each sapphire on the bezel has a coordinating-colored sapphire set as the hour index – a detail introduced for the Everose model when it launched unexpectedly in 2018. Due to the difficulty in sourcing these stones, subjecting them to Rolex’s high standards, and then fitting them into the watch, production numbers remain extremely low and across all metals, very few have surfaced at auction.

    Virtually impossible to acquire at retail, even for longstanding customers of Rolex, the present Rainbow Daytona is virtually unworn since its initial purchase in 2018 and retains all of its original accessories. The reference 116595RBOW is a captivating reminder of the joie de vivre that wearing a watch can inspire, as well as the creative, technical, and aesthetic excellence of the Rolex brand.

  • 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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PLEASE NOTE, THIS LOT IS A PREMIUM LOT. ONLINE BIDDING WILL BE DISABLED FOR THIS LOT. TO BID ON THE LOT YOU MUST COMPLETE AND SATISFY OUR PREMIUM LOT PRE-REGISTRATION PROCEDURE NO LATER THAN 24 HOURS BEFORE THE START OF THE AUCTION SESSION IN WHICH IT IS OFFERED. PLEASE ALSO NOTE THAT ONLY IN PERSON, WRITTEN ABSENTEE, OR TELEPHONE BIDS WILL BE ACCEPTED FOR THESE LOTS. PLEASE CONTACT THE BIDS DEPARTMENT AT [email protected] FOR DETAILS.

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Ref. 116595RBOW
A like new, dazzling, audacious, and unworn pink gold, diamond, and sapphire-set chronograph wristwatch with bracelet, guarantee, and presentation box

Circa 2018
40mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement, and bracelet signed.

Estimate
$200,000 - 400,000 
CHF192,000-384,000
€187,000-373,000
HK$1,570,000-3,140,000
S$274,000-548,000

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The New York Watch Auction: SIX

New York Auction 11-12 June 2022