Exclusive Timepieces 7 –⁠ 8 December 2019 | Monaco

Auction Details

A wide selection of very fine vintage timepieces, property of various prominent collectors will be presented in this sale. Including a fine selection of Longines Chronograph coming from one of the most important collections worldwide.

37 Rolex Very Rare and Highly Special Cellini in Yellow Gold, Reference 5019/8, With Pavè Diamond and Red Enamel Dial, Baguette Rubies-Set Bezel, Integrated Bracelet, Red Khanjar Logo on the Case Back, Made f

Estimate: € 25,000 –⁠ 50,000

Lot Description

Model: Cellini
Material: Yellow Gold
Reference N°: 1139405
Year: 1981
Case N°: 6943904
Caliber: 1601
Movement type: Manual
Bracelet: Yellow Gold
Dimensions: 32 mm
Signed: Dial, case and movement

With the idea of providing a classic alternative to the sporty Oyster family, Rolex decided to launch a totally new collection: the Cellini. A number of different Cellini models throughout the course of Rolex’s history were produced and the name used took inspiration form one of the most important Italian artist, the goldsmith and sculptor, Benvenuto Cellini. He was active during the Renaissance and was one of the most important artists of his time. The inspiration for this model line came from traditional watchmaking practices, along with aspects of modern technology and aesthetics. Some of the most renown exponent of this family are King and Queen Midas or the Quartz but have also been produced a totally groundbreaking specimen with a special shape and decoration, such as this Cellini reference 5019 here. It has been indeed manufactured in fully yellow gold and equipped with a Rolex bracelet. The dial is a lavish creation with an octagonal shape bezel embellished with 24 baguette-cut rubies set. The dial s further enhanced with pavé-set diamonds and red enamel centre with yellow gold slim hands and applied Rolex crown. In the last years have been offered some similar examples with sapphire set but the present watch is one of the very few know realized with rubies. Moreover, this Cellini is even more special for the presence of the rare and always appreciated Khanjar logo. Emblazoned on Oman’s white, red, and green flag it is the national emblem: the Khanjar has been used in Oman since at least the 3rd millennium BCE, and even in the distant past, they appear to have fulfilled a ceremonial as well as practical purpose. It has became known in the recent years for being depicted on special watches directly commissioned by the Sultan of Oman, His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said. When found on a wristwatch, the Khanjar automatically makes them extremely rare and are considered amongst the world’s most sought-after collectible pieces such as the present lot. Now deeply located into the history of the legendary Rolex brand this insight are absolutely rare to find and they became even more unique if embellished with the Khanjar logo.