A rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with 'tropical' registers, bracelet, guarantee and fitted presentation box

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1994
    Reference No: 16520
    Movement No: 71'416
    Case No: S414530
    Model Name: Cosmograph Daytona
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, 4030, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, 170 mm. maximum length, end link stamped 503B
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex folding twinlock deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 38.5 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Rolex undated Garantie, 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 Rolex Daytona by Pucci Papaleo, page 556 to 559.

  • Catalogue Essay

    This Daytona features 'tropical' registers which, over time, have turned from white to a light brown tone. While one may expect a Daytona from the 1960s to have this effect, automatic Daytonas from 1993 to 1997 also turned tropical due to the pigment Rolex used. This watch has been preserved in excellent condition with full proportions and a crisp case. It is furthermore delivered as a full set with guarantee, product literature, wallet, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

  • 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 rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with 'tropical' registers, bracelet, guarantee and fitted presentation box

勞力士,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,附證書及盒子,1994年製

1994
38.5 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$120,000 - 180,000 

sold for HK$212,500

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2030
thomasperazzi@phillips.com

Ziyong Ho
Specialist
+852 9386 2032
ziyongho@phillips.com

Jill Chen
Specialist
+852 2318 2033
jillchen@phillips.com

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