One of the finest selections of vintage and contemporary watches we were able to put together. We tried to do our best to offer you extremely rare and well preserved collectable pieces of the best manufactures.
Session I: Saturday 22 October, 2:30 PM – lots 1 to 104
Session II: Sunday 23 October, 10:30 AM – lots 105 to 179
Session III: Sunday 23 October, 2:30 PM – lots 180 to 271
8 Rolex Highly Exclusive, very Impressive and Attractive, Daytona, Automatic Chronograph Wristwatch, in White Gold, Full Diamond-Pavè, Blue Enamel Roman Number Dial and Rare Sapphire-set Bezel, Reference 116589SACI, With Box and Papers
Estimate: € 120,000 – 240,000
Sold € 214,500
Case Material: White Gold
Bracelet Material: Leather Strap
Case N°: 200W7261
Dimensions: 40 mm
Signed: Dial, movement and case
Accessories: Box and Papers
In the middle of the 20th century, bejeweled chronographs were not part of the standard collections of most watchmaking companies: the very few examples available were made under special orders that were mostly crafted by external jewelers who mount the gems on normal production models. Once again Rolex introduced revolutionary changes with the production of references 6269 and 6270. Despite produced in very small numbers, they are nowadays universally considered parts of the Rolex standard production and feature in their catalogues alongside other Daytona. From that moment on the road was drawn and chronographs, time-only, super-complicated wristwatch embellished with precious stones started to appear more often in the brand’s catalogues. Yet, with the introduction of the automatic Daytona, the manufacture gradually incorporated elaborate designs in its line of production due to changing tastes in the market and thus in 1996, at the Basel Fair, was introduced to the reference 16588SAFU, further evolution of the automatic Daytona Cosmograph but equipped with a striking baguette-cut set bezel. The present watch, reference 116 589 is the second evolution of the automatic Daytona and is fitted with a Rolex movement. Produced in a very small quantity, the white-gold case of the present specimen is incredibly well preserved, housing the caliber 4130, Rolex’s first in-house self-winding movement. Of all Daytona cased in precious metals, the most exclusive and desirable variant, is the one fitted with a factory baguette bezel. The present watch is fitted with translucent and rich blue sapphires, which complements the blue enamel Roman numbers. Furthermore, this very dial is the rarest one could possibly ask for, the full pave diamond one, shiny as rarely seen in Rolex’s history and beautiful as very few. Worn sparingly, the case is preserved in excellent condition with the stickers, crisp and legible hallmarks beneath the lugs. All original factory finishes are present, furthermore, enhancing this timepiece’s appeal, together with the original box and papers.