Rolex - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: SEVEN Hong Kong Monday, November 26, 2018 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1993
    Reference No: 16520, case back further stamped 16500
    Movement No: 85’472
    Case No: S’498’788
    Model Name: Cosmograph Daytona
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 4030, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster Bracelet, stamped 78390, endlinks stamped 503B, max overall length 185mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex deployant clasp stamped 78390, T11
    Dimensions: 40mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: With original punched Rolex guarantee signed Chow Sang Sang Jewellery Co., Ltd., Kowloon, and dated 16 April, 1995, Rolex green leather presentation box, leather envelop with calendar and outer packaging
    Literature: For other examples of the reference 16520 Daytona with tropical registers, see “The Ultimate Daytona” by Pucci Papaleo, pages 556 to 559.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Launched in 1988, the Rolex Daytona reference series 16500 was the brands first automatic chronograph wristwatch, and featured the famed Zenith El Primero movement, which at the time was considered the best movement available. The 16500 series was discontinued in 2000 when Rolex introduced an in-house movement, and today the model commands strong prices in the international market.

    The present example features a variant with the silver subsidiary registers turning dark orange brown hue. This color change occurs due to natural oxidation and can be seen in these watches between 1993 to 1997.It is furthermore presented with its original punched guarantee and product literature and sure to delight both Rolex scholars and collectors.

  • 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, case back further stamped 16500
A rare and very attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with “tropical” registers and bracelet, with original guarantee and presentation box

Circa 1993
40mm. Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

HK$230,000 - 310,000 

Sold for HK$450,000

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: SEVEN

Hong Kong Auction 27 November 2018