Rolex - The Geneva Watch Auction: XVIII Geneva Friday, November 3, 2023 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1991
    Reference No: 16528
    Movement No: 210288
    Case No: N129368
    Model Name: Cosmograph Daytona
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 4030, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K yellow gold Rolex Oyster bracelet, max length 200mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Rolex deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 40mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex service card dated December 21, 2021, booklet, product literature, wallet, tag, presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Launched in 1988, the “new” Cosmograph Daytona with automatic movement immediately became a sensation. Reference 16528 is the yellow gold counterpart to stainless steel reference 16520. The first self-winding chronograph introduced in the brand’s history, it clearly marked the beginning of the Daytona's "modern" production phase. Furthermore, unlike reference 6263 or 6265, it incorporated a sapphire crystal.

    This attractive yellow gold Zenith Daytona is fitted with a champagne "inverted 6" dial that displays 5 lines of text at 12 o'clock. After approximately 1993, Rolex changed their dial configuration to feature an upright "6" in the bottom sub register. Today, correct "inverted 6" dials are particularly popular among Rolex collectors, due to their rarity. Research shows that this configuration was only produced from 1991 to 1993.

    The watch is furthermore preserved in very attractive condition with sharp finishes to the top of the lugs and a crisp milled finish to the case back. It is accompanied by its original guarantee hand tags, presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Artist Biography


    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. 16528
A rare and attractive yellow gold chronograph wristwatch with champagne dial, bracelet and presentation box

Circa 1991
40mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

CHF30,000 - 60,000 

Sold for CHF38,100

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XVIII

Geneva Auction 3 - 4 November 2023