Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Monaco, Jul 21, 2021

LOT 388

Ref. 116520, self-winding, chronograph, minute and hour counters, black dial; “Cosmograph” “Daytona”; stainless steel; “NOS” (New Old Stock)

EUR 18,000 - 25,000

USD 21,400 - 29,700 / HKD 166,000 - 232,000

Sold: EUR 28,600

Stainless steel, self-winding, tonneau-shaped, gentleman’s wristwatch, water-resistant with screwed case-back, black colour dial with radial indexes, subsidiary seconds at 6 and three horological complications:
• 1/10 second chronograph (activated by the two round-shaped screwed push-pieces) with tachometric scale graduated on the stainless steel bezel for 400 units per hour
• Half-instantaneous 30-minute counter (subsidiary dial at 3 o’clock)
• 12-hour counter (subsidiary dial at 9 o’clock)

Grading System
Grade: AAA


Case: 1

As new

Movement: 1*

As new

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 1-01

As new

HANDS Original

Brand Rolex, Geneva

Model “Oyster Perpetual” “Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified” “Cosmograph” “Daytona”

Reference 116520

Year circa 2008-2010

Case No. V 893 960

Bracelet stainless steel Rolex “Oyster” bracelet with “fliplock” deployant clasp (M2X)

Diameter 40 mm

Length 190 mm. (approx.)

Caliber 4130, adjusted to 5 positions and temperatures

Length 190 mm. (approx.)

Signature dial, case and movement

Accessories original fitted box and outer box, certificate of origin, booklets, hang tag


The original Certificate mentioned that this watch was delivered to Mercury Distribution S.A., Moscow (Russian Fed.), and sold in November 2010.
The code “330” which corresponds at Rolex to the Russian market.
When Malcolm Campbell broke the speed record of 445 km. / h on the Daytona Beach circuit in 1935, it was with a Rolex on his wrist. In 1959, the Daytona International Speedway was born, a 4 km. long circuit that hosts the most famous car races such as the Daytona 500 or the Rolex 24. At Daytona, the American equivalent of the 24 hours of Le Mans, of which the “Daytona” is also the official watch.
The eponymous chronograph of the Rolex manufacture was thus consecrated as “THE” watch of the car racers. The result of more than ten years of experimentation, the reference 116520, which appeared in 2000, is the first to be equipped with the calibre 4130. It marks the culmination of the manufacture’s research into the creation of an automatic movement for “Daytona”, entirely produced and signed by Rolex.

*a 20% import VAT is due on the hammer price with buyer's premium, plus 150€ for termination of temporary export, at buyer's expense, only if it is delivered within the EU