A wide and extremely attractive selection of collectible timepieces from leading collectors, such as Goldberger with the third part of the famous “Rolex Connoisseur Collection”. Also offered: an assortment of the most sought-after contemporary watches such as the platinum Patek Philippe Nautilus, some very rare examples of the Royal Oak, a single owner’s collection of extraordinary Stella dials Rolex DayDates.
Saturday 23 April at 2:30 p.m. – lots 1 to 103
Sunday 24 April at 10:30 a.m. – lots 104 to 181
Sunday 24 April at 2:30 p.m. – lots 182 to 273
244 Rolex Absolutely Exceptional and Very Attractive, Daytona, Chronograph Wristwatch in Gold, Reference 16568, With First Edition of Diamond Emerald Set Dial and Baguette Bezel
Estimate: € 160,000 – 320,000
Sold € 286,000
Case Material: Yellow Gold
Bracelet Material: Yellow Gold
Case N°: W123759
Dimensions: 40 mm
Signed: Dial, movement and case
The Rolex Daytona has been, since the beginning of its history, inextricably linked to the world of motor racing. Elegant and very sporty, this model didn’t immediately enjoy great success but year after year it managed to climb positions in the list of the most desired and sought after watches among enthusiasts and collectors. Its style has now become iconic and in these decades Rolex has also ventured and indulged in creating some absolutely fascinating and precious versions of the Daytona. It all started with two special models from the 1980s made on special request and in limited quantities: references 6269 and 6270. This lot is a truly fantastic example of a reference 16568, considered a direct descendant of reference 6270 as both references are embellished with precious stones. Produced by Zenith, the caliber 4030, or “El Primero”, was the very first automatic chronograph movement by Rolex, this lot is featuring a very crisp case with thick lugs. Most important to underline for this reference 16568 is that is further adorned with a baguette diamond bezel and, moreover, by the unusual configuration of the dial: in fact these specimens mount the first edition of this pave—set diamond and emerald with flat and clean counters which was very uncommon for Rolex at the time. After that configuration Rolex changed the three counters passing to a concentric circles in relief structure. Thanks to its sharp yellow-gold case, screw-down pushers and matching the yellow-gold Oyster bracelet, it achieves an unmistakable presence on the wrist.