The Monaco Legend Group team has put together an astonishing selection of rarities in the horological field. From the Unique Piece Rolex Yachtmaster, former property of the late President of Rolex Patrick Heiniger, to an outstanding example of the Patek Philippe 2523-1. Not to mention the great selection of rarities destined for Middle Eastern market, such as a Rolex Submariner and Daytona from the Sultanate of Oman and a steel Daytona with UAE emblem on the dial.
Many thanks to Auro Montanari, alias John Goldberger, Roberto Randazzo and George Pakkos for their significant help in supervising the catalogue and to Eric Tortella for his assistance in searching for some of our rarest Patek Philippe watches in his database and releasing his passport of authenticity for them.
Session I: Saturday 22 April, 2:30 PM – lots 1 to 100
Session II: Sunday 23 April, 10:30 AM – lots 101 to 164
Session III: Sunday 23 April, 2:30 PM – lots 165 to 261
227 Rolex Unique, Colorful and Absolutely Attractive, Daytona, Automatic Chronograph, Wristwatch in Yellow Gold, Purple Dial, Customized and Retailed by Asprey, With Box and Papers, Reference 116518LN
Estimate: € 120,000 – 240,000
Sold € 240,500
Case Material: Yellow Gold
Bracelet Material: Leather Strap
Case N°: N° 1/1, 9W9706X9
Dimensions: 40 mm
Signed: Dial, Case and Movement
Accessories: Box and Papers
Asprey has a history of selling customized Rolex watches dating back to the 1970s when the Omani government ordered a series of customized “Omani” dial Rolex watches as gifts for British SAS soldiers who helped to suppress the Dhofar Rebellion between 1970 and 1976. Later on in the years, this British jeweler and luxury goods house, in collaboration with the Bamford Watch Department has created a limited series of Rolex Submariners, Milgauss and Daytonas. More recently, in 2015, Asprey was the latest luxury retailer to become an official Rolex retailer with its New Bond Street flagship. Asprey will present an assortment of Rolex models including the Cellini as well as other models such as the Oyster Perpetual Lady-Datejust and 18 kt. Everose version of the Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master with patented Oysterflex strap. Also the Daytona was one of these model customized by Asprey using its unmistakable purple color, exactly like the lot here offered. Based on the sought after Daytona 116518LN in yellow gold, Asprey has changed completely the layout of the watch. If you’re a watches’ fan, you had surely heard about the Tiffany blue, well in this Daytona the main protagonist is the Asprey purple, with a unique dial manufactured using this vivid and shiny color with gold subsidiary dials and applied indexes, while the rest of the text is in white. Also the strap has been specifically made to fit perfectly the entire watch, using a purple color. Unique, as testified by the engraving on the case back 1/1, the watch is, of course, presented with its tailored purple original Asprey box and papers.