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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1996
    Reference No: 16520
    Case No: W456789
    Model Name: Daytona "Patrizzi"
    Material: Stainless Steel
    Calibre: Automatic Rolex Calibre 4030
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless Steel Oyster Bracelet
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless Steel "Fliplock"
    Accessories: Original Rolex Box, Punched Certificate, Hang Tags, Booklets, Wallet & 96/97 Calendar Card

  • 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. 16520
Flawlessly imperfect, this 16520 Daytona is breath-taking. The swirling milk chocolate toned sub-dials immediately mark this as an incredibly special Cosmograph. Collectors are well versed in the so-called Patrizzi dials, whose flawed zapon finish caused the subdials to oxidise, and are found most notably within the W-series range. Highly sought after for their attractive brown tones, this example sports gorgeous asymmetric rings that evoke the swirls of a morning latte. Lovingly kept, this watch appears to have never been worn, retaining its sharp lugs, crisp bezel and coronet case-back sticker along with the full compliment of original box, certificate, tags and booklets. An extra special detail that raises a smile is the consecutively numbered serial: W 4 5 6 7 8 9.


Price £73,500