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    Sale 12572

    Important Watches

    30 May 2016, Convention Hall

  • Lot 2652

    ROLEX. AN IMPRESSIVE AND RARE 18K GOLD, DIAMOND AND YELLOW SAPPHIRE-SET AUTOMATIC CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH LEOPARD-PRINT DIAL

    SIGNED ROLEX, COSMOGRAPH DAYTONA MODEL, REF. 116598SACO, CASE NO. K594556, CIRCA 2005

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    ROLEX. AN IMPRESSIVE AND RARE 18K GOLD, DIAMOND AND YELLOW SAPPHIRE-SET AUTOMATIC CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH LEOPARD-PRINT DIAL
    SIGNED ROLEX, COSMOGRAPH DAYTONA MODEL, REF. 116598SACO, CASE NO. K594556, CIRCA 2005
    Cal. 4130 automatic movement, 44 jewels, leopard-print dial, applied diamond-set and Arabic numerals, three subsidiary dials for constant seconds, 30 minute and 12 hour registers, tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case, tapered baguette-cut yellow sapphire-set bezel, pavé-set diamond shoulders, screw back, screw down crown, two screw down chronograph buttons in the band, 18k gold Rolex deployant clasp, case, dial and movement signed
    40 mm. diam.
    US$25,000-38,000


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    With Rolex International Service Guarantee dated 19 February 2015.

    Introduced at the 2004 Basel Fair, the gold Daytona Chronograph reference 116598SACO immediately had the horology world talking about it due to its outlandish design. With diamond hour markers on the dial with a leopard print background which is echoed on the strap, the bezel is encrusted with 36 baguette-cut yellow sapphires, the hoods between the lugs is encrusted with 48 brilliant-cut diamonds and with 8 diamond-set numerals. Once again Rolex manages to reinvent the rules of contemporary horology.

    The present watch is set with 36 yellow sapphires weighing approximately 5.00 carats and 56 diamonds weighing approximately 1.50 carats.