A gift from Ayrton Senna, Rolex Ditonnay in Yellow Gold at Fine Arts Geneva Sale

On May 11-12, 2019, Fouiss will hold its ninth Geneva Watch Auction. For this auction, Fouise will offer a gift from Elton Senna, a replica Rolex watches Cosmograph Dittona Reference 16528 18K yellow gold watch (No. 23).

A gift from Ayrton Senna, Rolex Ditonnay in Yellow Gold at Fine Arts Geneva Sale

Ayrton Senna was a member of the Formula One generation and this watch was his gift to Angelo Parilla. Early in his karting career, Angelo Parrilla discovered Ayrton Senna and established a relationship with the then 18-year-old Brazilian, guiding him to become one of the great legends of Formula One.

A gift from Ayrton Senna, Rolex Ditonnay in Yellow Gold at Fine Arts Geneva Sale

In 1978, Ayrton Senna presented Angelo Parrilla with this watch, engraved “A Angelo da Ayrton 1978” on the back of the watch. The watch features the “Floating Dial” dial (on which the Cosmograph is separated from the rest of the lettering) and the Mark 1 bezel, which are highly prized by collectors.

A gift from Ayrton Senna, Rolex Ditonnay in Yellow Gold at Fine Arts Geneva Sale

The 39 mm diameter watch houses a self-winding caliber 4030 with an 18-carat yellow gold Oyster bracelet and adjustable clasp. The watch, which accompanied a photograph signed by Elton Senna, a protective mask, and a certified letter from Angelo Parilla, was estimated at 100,000 to 200,000 Swiss francs before the auction.