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ROLEX. A VERY FINE AND RARE 18K WHITE GOLD AUTOMATIC CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH METEORITE DIAL, ORIGINAL GUARANTEE AND BOX
Many of the watches offered for sale in this catal… Read more ROLEXDaytona Ref. 116519 With Meteorite Dial
ROLEX. A VERY FINE AND RARE 18K WHITE GOLD AUTOMATIC CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH METEORITE DIAL, ORIGINAL GUARANTEE AND BOX

SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER PERPETUAL, COSMOGRAPH, DAYTONA, REF. 116519, CASE NO. Y244215, CIRCA 2002

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ROLEX. A VERY FINE AND RARE 18K WHITE GOLD AUTOMATIC CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH METEORITE DIAL, ORIGINAL GUARANTEE AND BOX
SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER PERPETUAL, COSMOGRAPH, DAYTONA, REF. 116519, CASE NO. Y244215, CIRCA 2002
Movement: cal. 4130, automatic, 44 jewels, signed
Dial: signed
Case: screw back, inside case back stamped 2119, 40 mm. diam., signed
With: 18K white gold Rolex deployant clasp stamped 16519, DE, International Guarantee stamped by US retailer Fourtané and dated 15 February 2003 and presentation box
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Many of the watches offered for sale in this catalogue are pictured with straps made of endangered or protected animal materials such as alligator or crocodile. These endangered species straps are shown for display purposes only and are not for sale. Christie’s will remove and retain the strap prior to shipment from the sale site. At some sale sites, Christie’s may, at its discretion, make the displayed endangered species strap available to the buyer of the lot free of charge if collected in person from the sale site within 1 year of the date of the sale. Please check with the department for details on a particular lot.
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This endangered species strap is shown for display purposes only and is not for sale. The watch will be supplied with a calf leather strap.

The property of a private collection, this attractive chronograph is part of the popular reference 116519. Made in white gold, it is one of the desirable examples to be fitted with a Meteorite dial. Of added interest to collectors, the timepiece is offered with its original warranty, mentioning “Meteorite Roman” to certify the wristwatch was born with a dial in meteorite with applied white gold Roman numerals.

Being part of the reference 116519, the chronograph uses the caliber 4130. Circa 2000, Rolex offered several innovations through the appearance of the new in-house Rolex Caliber 4130, the model is thinner than previous Daytona models and furthermore encountered dial changes. In an effort to improve legibility, both subsidiary registers at 3 and 9 o’clock moved slightly upwards, the constant seconds register moved to 6 o'clock and the size of the hour and minute hand increased.

The firm obtained some of the famous Gibeon meteorite discovered in 1836 by Captain J. E. Alexander scattered along the banks of the Great Fish River in Namibia. The meteorite itself is millions of years old and believed to have fallen to earth in prehistoric times and spread over a wide area. Today, this historical deposit is protected by Namibian law.

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