ROLEX. A VERY RARE AND IMPRESSIVE 18K GOLD, DIAMOND AND YELLOW SAPPHIRE-SET AUTOMATIC CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH LEOPARD-PRINT DIAL, LEOPARD-PRINT STRAP AND AND ORIGINAL GUARANTEE
SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER PERPETUAL, SUPERLATIVE CHRONOMETER OFFICIALLY CERTIFIED, COSMOGRAPH, DAYTONA, REF. 116598, CASE NO. D804987, MANUFACTURED IN 2005
Cal. 4130 automatic movement, 44 jewels, leopard-print dial, roundcut diamond numerals and Arabic quarter, outer fifths of a second divisions, three engine-turned subsidiary dials for constant seconds, 30 minutes and 12 hours registers, tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case, bezel set with 36 yellow sapphires, hooded three-part diamond-set section between the lugs with a total of 24 diamonds, screw back, screw down crown, two round screw down chronograph buttons in the band, leopard-print leather strap and 18K gold Rolex deployant clasp, case, dial and movement signed.
With punched Rolex Guarantee dated 24 January 2007, an invoice dated the same day, instructions for use and fitted presentation box and outer packaging.
Introduced at the 2004 Basel Fair, the gold Daytona Chronograph reference 116598 SACO immediately has the horology world talking about it thanks to its outlandish design. The diamond hour markers on the dial display a leopard printed background, which is echoed on the strap. The bezel is encrusted with 36 baguette-cut cognac sapphires and the part of the case comprised between the lugs is encrusted with 48 brilliant cut diamonds. Once again Rolex manages to reinvent the rules of contemporary horology.
While it is easy to imagine this watch on a feminine wrist, it could equally be worn by the most eclectic male personalities, especially those from the field of performing arts. Whoever wears this watch is bound to attract attention from far and wide.
The Leopard remains an undeniable and superb stylistic example with its innovative design and is destined to become highly desirable in the future. With its outlandish style, the true Rolex connoisseur cannot help but smile and think that the public would have had the same reaction at the unveiling of reference 6269 and reference 6270. This could have also been the case for those suspiciously eyeing the gold 6262.
Only time can tell if this is the direction that the horology world is taking. For now, we can only wonder at this clever masterpiece incorporating jewelry and horology.
This example, in mint condition, still retains its protective plastic stickers and original guarantee that proves it was sold in Hong Kong on 24th January 2007 with the original invoice.
Courtesy of Christie's