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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1996
    Reference No: 16568, stamped 16500 inside the case back
    Movement No: 119'715
    Case No: T251'695
    Model Name: Cosmograph Daytona
    Material: 18k yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, 4030, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18k yellow gold Rolex Oyster, stamped 78398, end links stamped 103, max length 193mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k yellow gold twin lock deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 39mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    One of the most outstanding features of the reference 16568 is the striking baguette-cut diamond-set bezel. Additionally with this reference, the bezel has fixed heavy gold bars in line with the diamond set hour markers, acting as an hour chapter, and perhaps giving this a more versatile, masculine appeal. The automatic Zenith movement is also a practical and sought after feature to this model.

    Although this model is barely 20 years old, it has already obtained a cult status amongst collectors and, as it is fitted with calibre 4030, retains a somewhat vintage feel. In recent years, it has become evident how small the production run of reference 16568 was, further enhancing its desirability amongst collectors.

  • Artist Biography

    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. 16568, stamped 16500 inside the case back
A very rare and attractive yellow gold chronograph wristwatch with bracelet, diamond set bezel and hour markers

1996
39mm. Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

Estimate
CHF30,000 - 50,000 

Sold for CHF65,000

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