Rolex. A very rare and attractive stainless steel automatic chronograph wristwatch with bracelet, original guarantee and box
Rolex. A very rare and attractive stainless steel automatic chronograph wristwatch with bracelet, original guarantee and box

SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER PERPETUAL, SUPERLATIVE CHRONOMETER OFFICIALLY CERTIFIED, COSMOGRAPH, DAYTONA, REF. 116520, CASE NO. G578951, MANUFACTURED IN 2011

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Rolex. A very rare and attractive stainless steel automatic chronograph wristwatch with bracelet, original guarantee and box
Signed Rolex, Oyster Perpetual, Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified, Cosmograph, Daytona, Ref. 116520, case no. G578951, manufactured in 2011
Cal. 4130 automatic movement, 44 jewels, white dial, applied steel luminous baton numerals, luminous hands, outer fifths of a second divisions, three subsidiary dials for 12 hours and 30 minutes registers, constant seconds, tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case, blank bezel calibrated for 400 units, screw back engraved with the emblem of the Sultanate of Oman, screw down crown, two round screw down chronograph buttons in the band, stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, case, dial and movement signed
40 mm. diam.

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With Rolex International Guarantee card dated 1 April 2012, tag, seal, product literature, Rolex original fitted green presentation box and outer packaging with the national emblem of the Sultanate of Oman.

In April 2000, Rolex gives the market an incredible demonstration of strength and manufacturing independency with a change that is nothing short of revolutionary. They adopt a fully in-house developed and manufactured chronographic caliber, denominated 4130.

Its technical specification positions this movement at the apex of its field.

Although it features the traditional column wheel, the coupling yoke is replaced by a more modern clutch system (also known as "vertical coupling clutch"). This eliminates both the chronographic hand jump that occurs when the timing is activated and the amplitude loss of the balance-spring once the chronograph function is started. A vertical coupling clutch chronograph works perfectly without affecting its timekeeping precision.

The Rolex caliber 4130 mechanism, which was fitted in the Cosmograph Daytona timepieces produced from 2000, was designed to rationalise as much as possible, its production process and provide easier servicing operations. For this reason, the three chronograph wheels (seconds, minute and hour wheel) are all located on the case back side of the movement. These respective functions are reset by the linear motion of a single hammer, which is regulated by means of one single eccentric screw.

Practically everything about the new Daytona is innovative. One thing remains the same, the presence, on rare occasions, of examples that deviate from the norm, as is the case here.

This exceptional Ref. 116520 with white dial has a personalised case back showing two crossed swords with a dagger in the centre.

This is the Khanjar, the famous crest of the Sultanate of Oman. The Sultan himself, His Majesty Qaboos bin Said al Said, requested that it be inscribed on the case back of these watches, to show to all who handle it, that they are in the presence of one of the celebrated "Qaboos" limited series. Collectors take note.

This watch comes in mint condition, still cocooned between Styrofoam bumpers in its plastic case. It comes with its complete sales kit, which confirms it was sold in Muscat, Oman at the official Rolex retailer Khimji Ramdas on 1st April 2012. In addition, the outer protective cover of the box is adorned by a prominent Khanjar.
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