Rolex - The New York Watch Auction: SEVEN New York Saturday, December 10, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 2019
    Reference No: 116500LN
    Case No: 1E35W897
    Model Name: "Shark Tank"
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 4130, 44 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Red rubber strap
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex flip lock deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 40mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex International Guarantee dated January 8, 2019, stamped Tourneau and Kevin O’Leary, green leather presentation box, additional stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, green envelope, hang tags, product literature and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Rolex’s reference 116500LN was released to great expectations in 2016 and thrilled watch enthusiasts. It was the first stainless steel Daytona model featuring a Cerachrom bezel and became an instant success. Today, it still remains incredibly difficult to obtain due to the model's enormous demand thanks to its superb aesthetics and icon status.

    The present lot was owned and worn by Kevin “Mr. Wonderful” O’Leary throughout the 13th season (2021) of the Shark Tank television series. Given the nature of show business, there are a lot of wardrobe discussions behind the scenes at ABC’s entrepreneurial reality hit, Shark Tank—everything must be in its right place, right down to who is wearing what watch. With a variety of panelists helming the show, the new guest Sharks, ever-changing set design, and attire - all can vary drastically from one episode to the next. Television mainstay Kevin “Mr. Wonderful” O’Leary is an exception to the rule. He always wears the same uniform: black tie, white shirt, and dark suit with deftly coordinated tie pin, custom designed skull cufflinks, and the singular red Rubber B© watch strap. This Rolex Daytona is a perennial favorite of the Shark Tank wardrobe team in no small part due to its camera appeal.

    Preserved in excellent condition and accompanied with its original Rolex Oyster bracelet, the present watch is offered for the first time at auction complete with its guarantee and presentation box. Proceeds from the sale will be donated to the Dr. Martin P. Solomon Scholars Program at Brigham and Women's Hospital.

  • 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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Lot offered with No Reserve

Ref. 116500LN
A fine and attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with red strap, bracelet, guarantee, presentation box and hang tags, owned and worn by Kevin “Mr. Wonderful” O’Leary in the Shark Tank television series, sold to benefit Brigham and Women's Hospital

Circa 2019
40mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

$8,000 - 16,000 

Sold for $81,900

Contact Specialist

Paul Boutros

Head of Watches, Americas

+1 (212) 940-1293


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Head of Sale, New York

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The New York Watch Auction: SEVEN

New York Auction 10 - 11 December 2022