Exclusive Timepieces 22 –⁠ 23 April 2023 | Monaco

Auction Details

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

253 Rolex Lavish, Extraordinary and Absolutely Rare, Daytona, Automatic Wristwatch in White Gold, Pavè Diamond and Rubies Set Dial, Baguette Diamond and Ruby Bezel, With Box and Papers, Reference 1165994RU

Estimate: € 150,000 –⁠ 300,000

Sold € 188,500

Model: Daytona
Reference: 1165994RU
Case Material: White Gold
Bracelet Material: Leather Strap
Year: 2015
Movement: Automatic
Caliber: 4130
Case N°: 601LR334
Dimensions: 40 mm
Signed: Dial, Case and Movement
Accessories: Box, Papers and Tag

When the 21st century arrived, it brought to us an era of refreshing Rolex Daytona references from new materials to those embellished with gemstones. All collectors and passionate know about the refs. 6269 and 6270, the first Daytona being presented with extremely rare gem-set variants, but over the years the selection has grown, offering variants created in very limited production with some lower than others. With that said, gem-set Daytona are rare, and the trend has proven itself with the recent spike in demand for these bedazzled icons of the 21st century. Launched at the beginning of the 2000s, ref.1165994RU is a fine and very attractive example of Rolex’s jeweled Daytona models. These well-known models set with precious stones served an elite clientele and aimed to offer them designs which were classic yet elegant. As much as they may appear as anachronisms, these masterpieces must be regarded as a superb symbiosis of two worlds, sport and elegance. Embellished completely with a pavé-set diamond dial and lugs, the present reference 1165994RU is a very glamorous example perfect for every collection, surely one of the rarest configuration for Daytona with precious stone bezel. With each diamond on the watch being carefully placed and designed and, furthermore, completed with red rubies-set hour indexes on the dial and bezel, this watch is extremely eye-catching. Furthermore, the watch has 32 big baguette-cut diamonds and 4 ruby hour markers on the bezel and 48 brilliant-cut diamonds surrounding the lugs. Housing the firm’s first in-house self-winding chronograph movement, cal. 4130, the present watch is completed with its full set of accessories, with signed warranty confirming the purchase of the watch in Italy in 2015. Offered in attractive overall condition, the present example is just the perfect piece for any collectors looking to add a bit of flare to their collection, also considering the growing interest all over the world for this gem-set Daytona’s.