A fine and rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with tropical registers, bracelet and original guarantee

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1994
    Reference No: 16520
    Movement No: 91'228
    Case No: W456746
    Model Name: Cosmograph Daytona
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, 4030, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, 170 mm. maximum length
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex twinlock folding deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 39 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Rolex Guarantee dated 7 January 1996, product literature, leather wallet, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.
    Literature: For another example of a reference 16520 Daytona with tropical registers, please see The Ultimate Daytona by Pucci Papaleo, pages 556 to 559.

  • Catalogue Essay

    This Daytona features tropical registers, which overtime has turned from white to an attractive brown tone. The present watch has been preserved in almost like new condition and still retains its original factory sticker to the case back and guarantee.

  • Maker Bio

    Rolex

    Swiss • 1905

    Founded in 1905 England by Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis as Wilsdorf & Davis, it soon became known as the Rolex Watch Company in 1915, moving its headquarters to Geneva in 1919. Like no other company, the success of the wristwatch can be attributed to many of Rolex's innovations that made them one of the most respected and well-known of all luxury brands. These innovations include their famous "Oyster" case — the world's first water resistant and dustproof watch case, invented in 1926 — and their "Perpetual" — the first reliable self-winding movement for wristwatches launched in 1933. They would form the foundation for Rolex's Datejust and Day-Date, respectively introduced in 1945 and 1956, but also importantly for their sports watches, such as the Explorer, Submariner and GMT-Master launched in the mid-1950s.

    One of its most famous models is the Cosmograph Daytona. Launched in 1963, these chronographs are without any doubt amongst the most iconic and coveted of all collectible wristwatches. Other key collectible models include their most complicated vintage watches, including references 8171 and 6062 with triple calendar and moon phase, "Jean Claude Killy" triple date chronograph models and the Submariner, including early "big-crown" models and military-issued variants.

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Ref. 16520
A fine and rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with tropical registers, bracelet and original guarantee

勞力士,精細及罕有,不銹鋼自動上弦鏈帶腕錶,配計時功能及棕色子盤,“Cosmograph Daytona”,型號16520,附證書,約1994年製

Circa 1994
39 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$100,000 - 150,000 
€11,700-17,600
$12,500-19,000

sold for HK$187,500

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: THREE

Hong Kong Auction 29 November 2016