A watch purchased by Formula 1 racing champion Ayrton Senna as a gift for his mentor is heading to the auction block. The Rolex Cosmograph Daytona purchased by Senna is among 220 collector timepieces to be offered at The Geneva Watch Auction: NINE, scheduled for May 11-12 in Switzerland.
“A leading highlight is the rare and historically significant chronograph wristwatch reference 16528 (case back stamped 16500) in yellow gold, having been offered by Formula 1 legend Ayrton Senna to Angelo Parrilla,” said Phillips, which is conducting the auction in association with Bacs & Russo.
“The early floating-dial Daytona reference 16528 is a tribute to the man who helped shape Senna’s career from the start, as attested by the message engraved on the case back: ‘A Angelo da Ayrton 1978.’
“Its recipient was Angelo Parrilla, a legendary figure in go-karting and the founder with his brother, Achille, of engine-producer DAP who ‘discovered’ and brought Senna to Italy by establishing a relationship with the then 18-year-old that went far beyond the sporting association,” Phillips added.
The Parrillas are sons of Giovanni Parilla, founder of the Moto Parilla motorcycle company. Senna became a three-times World Champion in F1 racing. He died in a crash in 1994.
Phillips has set a pre-sale estimated value on the Senna timepiece of 100,000 CHF to 200,000 CHF ($97,850 to $195,700).