With Rolex blank guarantee, spare white dial, instruction for use, information about the 2003 Rolex 24 Daytona race, autographed picture, handwritten note, original box, outer packaging, presentation box made for the Daytona sale and catalogue.
With the advent of the new millennium, Rolex decided to release a new version of their iconic Daytona chronograph. Introduced at the Basel fair in year 2000, the case had been redesigned with new glossy lugs and was manufactured with a bracelet with solid links. The chronograph was assembled with the new movement caliber 4130, which lead the sub-register for running seconds to move from 9 to 6 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.
This lot is a remarkable example of the 116520 in steel. Not only is the present model extremely attractive through its beautiful black dial with contrasting hour markers and silvered registers, the present wristwatch also has an astonishing provenance.
The chronograph was indeed presented as a prize to David Brabham, a professional racing driver who raced and finished at the first place of the new Daytona Prototype class in the 41st running of the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona.
The watch is furthermore offered with the most complete set 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 steel case. Finally, it comes complete with an original note handwritten by Brabham accompanying the gift and an autographed picture of the driver.
Born in Wimbledon, London on the 5th of September 1965, David Brabham was the son of the three-time F1 world champion Sir Jack Brabham. Paying only little interest in car racing during his early life, it is at 17 years old that he realized car racing was his true vocation and in his DNA. He is one of the four Australians to ever win the Le Man 24 Hour sports car race, in 2009. He also won, twice, the America Le Mans, in 2009 and 2010.
Of particular interest to watch enthusiasts is his race of 2003 when, as part of the Multimatic Motorsport team including David Empringham and Scott Maxwell, he won the new Daytona Prototype class in the 41st running of the Rolex 24 hours at Daytona, receiving this watch as a prize.