Lot 2265
  • 2265

ROLEX | VERY FINE AND HIGHLY IMPORTANT PLATINUM CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH MOTHER-OF-PEARL DIALREF 16516 CASE A712735 COSMOGRAPH DAYTONA CIRCA 1999

Estimate
3,200,000 - 4,800,000 HKD
Sold
6,840,000 HKD
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Description

  • VERY FINE AND HIGHLY IMPORTANT PLATINUM CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH MOTHER-OF-PEARL DIALREF 16516 CASE A712735 COSMOGRAPH DAYTONA CIRCA 1999
Movement: cal. 4030 automatic, 31 jewelsCase: platinum, screw-down case back inscribed with "Francesca - Romain 16.10.1999"Bracelet/Clasp/Buckle: platinum Rolex folding claspSize: 40 mm diameterSigned: case, dial and movement Accessories: Rolex Attestaion De Chronomètre Officiel, product literature, sales tag and presentation box

Catalogue Note

Consigned by a private collector and fresh to the market, the present reference 16516 is one of the most exclusive and attractive examples of platinum Cosmograph Daytona powered by Zenith movement calibre.  Sotheby’s is absolutely thrilled to present this exceptionally rare and highly important Rolex Daytona with Zenith movement dressed in platinum. This historically important wristwatch was discovered for the very first time only recently, which is fresh to the market and previously unknown.

Manufactured by Rolex in 1999, this is the only known platinum Daytona and is complete with its certificates and accessories. It is also important to note that this watch has been given a unique reference number 16516 and has A serial number.

The automatic Rolex Daytona was first introduced to the market in 1988 at the Basel fair. Rolex launched a wristwatch destined to become a significant model for watch collectors. This new model completely changed the concept of the sports chronograph. The movement came from the celebrated Zenith El Primero callibre 400 mechanism. This callibre was first released in 1969 was the first integrated automatic chronograph mechanism and was chosen by Rolex to power the new Daytona model. For the next ten years, the Daytona was extremely popular and very difficult to buy. It was not until the year 2000 that Rolex manufactured its own in house automatic callibre that replaced the Zenith 400.

There are many interesting facts about this watch that make it highly unusual. Not only is the unique reference number applied to this watch interesting, the dial is made from black mother of pearl radiating a powerful impact, dazzling those whom come in to contact with it.

For many years, Rolex only produced automatic powered Daytonas in stainless steel, yellow gold, white gold and steel and gold. Yet, it is now confirmed that in 1999 there was one lucky customer whom was given a unique masterpiece. There is talk on the market that the late Patrick Heiniger, the famous CEO of Rolex himself wore a platinum automatic Daytona.

We are thrilled to be given the opportunity and trust to offer this uber rare timepiece in and unprecedented fashion. Every aspect and detail of this wristwatch render it one of the most important automatic Daytonas to be offered on the market.

Sotheby’s is absolutely thrilled to present this exceptionally rare and highly important Rolex Daytona with Zenith movement dressed in platinum. This historically important wristwatch was discovered for the very first time only recently, which is fresh to the market and previously unknown.

Manufactured by Rolex in 1999, this is the only known platinum Daytona and is complete with its certificates and accessories. It is also important to note that this watch has been given a unique reference number 16516 and has A serial number.

The automatic Rolex Daytona was first introduced to the market in 1988 at the Basel fair. Rolex launched a wristwatch destined to become a significant model for watch collectors. This new model completely changed the concept of the sports chronograph. The movement came from the celebrated Zenith El Primero callibre 400 mechanism. This callibre was first released in 1969 was the first integrated automatic chronograph mechanism and was chosen by Rolex to power the new Daytona model. For the next ten years, the Daytona was extremely popular and very difficult to buy. It was not until the year 2000 that Rolex manufactured its own in house automatic callibre that replaced the Zenith 400. There are many interesting facts about this watch that make it highly unusual. Not only is the unique reference number applied to this watch interesting, the dial is made from black mother of pearl radiating a powerful impact, dazzling those whom come in contact with it.

For many years, Rolex only produced automatic powered Daytonas in stainless steel, yellow gold, white gold and steel and gold. Yet, it is now confirmed that in 1999 there was one lucky customer whom was given a unique masterpiece. There is talk on the market that the late Patrick Heiniger, the famous CEO of Rolex himself wore a platinum automatic Daytona.

We are thrilled to be given the opportunity and trust to offer this uber rare timepiece in and unprecedented fashion. Every aspect and detail of this wristwatch render it one of the most important automatic Daytonas to be offered on the market.

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