ROLEX. A VERY RARE AND HISTORICALLY INTERESTING STAINLESS STEEL AUTOMATIC CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET, ORIGINAL CERTIFICATE AND BOX
SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER PERPETUAL, SUPERLATIVE CHRONOMETER, OFFICIALLY CERTIFIED, COSMOGRAPH DAYTONA, REF. 116520, CASE NO. K’917’851, MANUFACTURED IN 2002
Cal. 4130 automatic movement, 44 jewels, black dial, applied steel luminous baton numerals, luminous hands, three subsidiary dials for 12 hours and 30 minutes registers and constant seconds, tonneaushaped water-resistant-type case, blank bezel calibrated for 400 units, screw back, screw down crown, two round screw down chronograph buttons in the band, stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, case, dial and movement signed.
With Rolex blank Guarantee, spare white dial, instructions for use, information about the 2003 Rolex 24 Daytona race, original box and outer packaging.
With the advent of the new millennium, a new Daytona is released. Replacing reference 16520, reference 116520 is introduced in March 2000 at the Basel fair. The case has been redesigned with new glossy lugs, and the bracelet has solid links.
At the same time the new Rolex caliber, manufactured in-house, makes its first appearance. It features the Parachrom spiral, also created in the workshop of the company.
The design of the dials changes as well. The subsidiary registers now feature a lepine style, with small running seconds at 6 o’clock, while reference 16520 features a “hunter-style” configuration, with running seconds at 9 o’clock.
From a technical point of view, the new caliber maintains the COSC certification, has 44 rubies, a four-arms monometallic balance wheel made in Glucydur, micrometric “microstar” regulation featuring four elements screwed onto the balance wheel’s ring, 28,000 alternations per hour, Kif shock-absorbing device.
Ultimately the new version of the Daytona, the first fully realized in-house, remains, thankfully, true to its roots. The designs of its illustrious predecessors, experience gathered along on the way, the sporty appeal, and the commercial successes all reverberate through time into this new model. Reference 116520 is destined, once again to make contemporary horology history, as it has been happening for more than 100 years to practically all models of the crowned house.
This lot is a remarkable example of reference 116520 in steel. The appeal of its black dial is quite incredible. The hour markers that are white with a contrasting black background seem to stand out, while the effect of the satin-finished register rings is more subtle. The most remarkable feature of this treasure, however, is its provenance. When a Daytona chronograph has been owned by a professional driver who actually raced on the famous American track, its appeal and collectibility are increased manyfold. When, however, the watch has been presented to him or her, as prize for one of his victories, the collectibility skyrockets. Indeed, this is the case of the present watch: it was presented to David Brabham as prize for the first place at the new Daytona Prototype Class in the 41st running of the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona.
This watch possesses one of the most complete sets of documentation ever seen, not only the box and guarantee, but also its manual and servicing instructions. A second white dial is also included in its original Rolex steel case. Finally, it comes complete with the original note handwritten by Brabham accompanying the gift and an autographed picture of the driver.
Courtesy of Christie's