***SOLD*** Rolex - White Gold - Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona - Reference 116509 - Grey Meteorite Dial
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A Pre-owned 18k White Gold, Rolex Cosmograph Daytona on a White Gold Oyster Bracelet. Model 116509, Supplied With Original Warranty Card, Boxes, and Booklet.
Throughout history, meteorites have been used by mankind to craft all manner of objects from tools and weapons to religious artifacts and even jewellery, however, their use in watches is a more recent phenomenon. Various watch brands use fragments of large meteors sourced from sites in Namibia (Gibeon) and Sweden (Muonionalusta).
Rolex is known to use solid slices of the Gibeon meteorite (Namibia), which is then attached to the surface of the dial and treated with an acid-wash finish to bring out its natural crystalline pattern known as the Widmanstätten pattern, which can only be formed over millennia in outer space. The once dull metal is unrecognisable after hours of painstaking polishing and the angle of the pattern is dependent on which plane was used to cut the original raw material, a labor-intensive process, ensuring each dial is completely unique.
What’s On Offer
"Introduced in 1963, the Cosmograph Daytona was designed to meet the demands of professional racing drivers. It is an icon forever joined in name and function to the high-performance world of motorsport. More than 50 years after its creation, the Cosmograph Daytona remains in a class of its own among sports chronographs and continues to "transcend time," As quoted by Rolex!
This stunning Daytona with its silvery-grey meteorite Roman index dial is in stunning condition with barely any signs of wear. This watch comes complete with its original box and papers.
With three recessed sub-dials framed with white gold, applied Roman hour markers, elegant stick hands, and a pop of red on the Daytona signature and chronograph hands, the dial is a handsome package. With the trademark tachymetric bezel and generous dimensions, it is the ultimate luxury sports chronograph reimagined - it's simply out of this world (sorry, I couldn't help it).
We have sold over the years, a few examples of the sought-after Meteorite dials and this is arguably the most handsome dial we have had the pleasure to have in stock. A stunning unblemished example of this rare reference and dial combination, ready to enjoy. Snap it up as they never stick around for long and the prices of these particular references with the Meteorite dial and especially on the bracelet have risen sharply in price over the last 3 yrs particularly and continue to rise as the newer meteorite Daytonas and now with the introduction of the meteorite GMT, the new ones are almost impossible to get hold of and are fetching extremely high prices as it is rumoured that Rolex will run out of the raw meteorite soon and they will have to cease production of this dial variant!
Case: White Gold
Dial: Grey Meteorite
Bracelet: Original Rolex White Gold Oyster Bracelet
Movement Type: Mechanical
Power reserve: 72hrs
Model Reference Number: 1165109
Date of issue: 08/09/05
Guarantee: 12 Months by VWS
Lug width: 20mm
Lug height: (lug to lug) 47mm
Wrist size: Adjustable approx 200mm