A few months after the record reached last July with the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona ref. 16516 in platinum with lapis lazuli dial sold for 3.27 Million Dollars (USD), Sotheby's inaugurates the new auction season of 2021 by unveiling another unicorn, another record-breaking Rolex Daytona.

On the occasion of the auction that will take place in April in Hong Kong, a very rare example of Rolex Cosmograph Daytona ref. 16516 in platinum with “Stella” dial.

Produced in 1998, serial A171133, this specimen has been unknown on the market until now and differs from other known specimens, due to the use of a "Stella" lacquered dial and not in stone as in the case of the first in mother of pearl and that of the last year in pencil, which we told you about in our previous article.

They are only five specimens Rolex Daytona watches in platinum produced by Rolex with Zenith El Primero-derived 4030 movement, all with different dial and made at the request of the then CEO of Rolex Patrick Heiniger .Mr. Heiniger used to give these 'special' Rolexes to his most important business partners and friends. In fact, the watch beaten by Sotheby's in 2018 was given to Francesca Gobbi - whose family owns the historic Gobbi 1842 store in Milan - on the occasion of her wedding.

The Daytona “Zenith” in platinum with a mother of pearl dial, sold at Sotheby's in 2018

The Daytona Cosmograph Daytona ref. 16516 “Tiffany” Stella dial in platinum, will be beaten by Sotheby's on 22 April at New Wing of the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Center, and is estimated to be between $ 500.000 and $ 1,0 million USD.

To find out more about the "Stella" dials and the origin of their name, read our article