An excellently preserved and rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with white dial and bracelet

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1995
    Reference No: 16520
    Movement No: 106'425
    Case No: W903450
    Model Name: Cosmograph Daytona
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 4030, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Rolex stainless steel Oyster bracelet, reference 78390, endlinks stamped 503B, max. length 205mm.
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel folding deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 39mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by original presentation box, hang tags, booklets, Rolex polishing cloth and original Rolex guarantee confirming the sale of the present watch by Murray Jewelers on July 16, 1996

  • Catalogue Essay

    In 1988, Rolex launched the first self-winding chronograph wristwatch in its history to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their first Cosmograph Daytona. The watch houses the Rolex caliber 4030, based on Zenith’s El Primero movement, with substantial modifications performed by Rolex. To accommodate a sapphire crystal for the first time and to house the new movement, the Daytona’s case size was increased to 39 millimeters. This example features a pristine white dial, with contrasting black subsidiary rings. Bearing a “W” serial number, this Daytona is correctly fitted with the rare and highly sought after ‘400’ graduation bezel. It is impossible for the condition of this watch to go unnoticed. It is presented in near mint condition, further evidenced by the original green Rolex sticker on the caseback. The present watch is accompanied by the original Rolex guarantee confirming it was purchased at Murray Jewelers, in Muncie, Indiana. Additionally, it is presented with the original box, a Rolex polishing cloth, the original Rolex hangtags and a plastic protective ring on the bezel. Such a complete and immaculate watch is an opportunity that does not come around often, and is sure to satisfy the most discerning collectors of Rolex sport watches.

  • 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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Rolex

Ref. 16520
An excellently preserved and rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with white dial and bracelet

1995
39mm. Diameter
Case, dial, movement, and bracelet signed

Estimate
CHF8,000 - 12,000 
€7,300-11,000
$8,200-12,400

sold for CHF17,500

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