ROLEX. AN EXTREMELY RARE AND IMPRESSIVE PLATINUM AUTOMATIC CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH ICE BLUE DIAL, CERACHROME BEZEL, BRACELET, ORIGINAL GUARANTEE AND BOX
SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER PERPETUAL, SUPERLATIVE CHRONOMETER OFFICIALLY CERTIFIED, COSMOGRAPH, DAYTONA, REF. 116506, CASE NO. P384Z595, MANUFACTURED IN 2013
Cal. 4130 automatic movement, 44 jewels, ice blue dial, applied luminous baton and square numerals, luminous hands, outer fifths of a second divisions, three subsidiary dials for 12 hours and 30 minutes registers, constant seconds on chestnut brown chapter rings, tonneaushaped water-resistant-type case, chestnut brown Cerachrome bezel calibrated for 400 units, screw back, two round screw down chronograph buttons in the band, platinum Rolex Oyster bracelet with folding Oysterlock safety clasp, case, dial and movement signed.
With Rolex International Warranty/Guarantee card confirming the ice blue dial and dated 11 November 2013, Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona instructions booklet, seal, Rolex fitted green presentation box and outer packaging.
2013:This is the final stop of our voyage through time. The past 49 watches have shown how the same basic philosophy has stood the test of time while remaining true to itself. The Rolex Daytona Chronograph cleverly interprets each and every era, captivating the hearts of the most prominent athletes, researchers, pioneers, and artists, as well as horology enthusiasts, with a consistency that is nothing short of miraculous.
Once a company designs a timeless masterpiece, it is relatively easy to offer it over the decades with only subtle changes and thus, achieve success. It requires however true genius and a pinch of bravery to radically and successfully reinterpret this design over half a century. Rolex proved itself more than capable of doing so and today once again manages to offer a new Daytona that is profoundly different.
The first platinum Daytona Chronograph ever conceived, Ref. 116506 was presented last spring at Baselworld, and it did not fail to impress, as is always the case with new Daytona models. Whilst the most obvious innovation is the material of the case and bracelet, now produced in the most noble of all metals, the bezel and the dial have also undergone important changes.
The chestnut-brown bezel is made of solid Cerachrom ceramic, with numerals and graduation drawn via PVD (Physical Vapour Deposition) of an ultra-thin platinum layer. The resulting effect is perfect legibility and aesthetic beauty.
The dial is a five-liner, in perfect Cosmograph tradition, with the red Daytona designation above the central sub dial and the Rolex, Oyster perpetual, superlative Chronometer, officially certifed, cosmograph at 12 o’ clock below the Rolex crown. The chapter rings of the sub dials are lacquered in the same tone as the Cerachrom bezel. The colour of the dial is superb. It is revolutionary ice-blue with a breathtaking soleil finish, echoed on the inside of the subsidiary dials, a perfect complement to the cool beauty of the platinum case. The resulting effect is a mixture contrasting darks and light hues in pure Daytona style that bewitches the enthusiast.
The timepiece is powered by caliber 4130, the latest descendant of a series of innovative automatic chronographic movements. In order to improve reliability, Rolex attempts to reduce the number of parts of the mechanism. The result is this engineering masterpiece.
As the catalogue goes to press, the platinum Daytona ref. 116506 is not yet available to the public. We are extremely grateful to a number of Daytona aficionados who made it possible to include this incredibly important masterpiece in this auction. This example is in mint condition and unworn. It comes with the complete package, as one would expect today with a brand-new Rolex chronograph. The guarantee is issued in the name of Christie’s and predates to 11th November 2013, the day after the auction, when its lucky new owner can collect the brand new platinum Daytona.
Courtesy of Christie's