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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 2000
    Reference No: 16520
    Movement No: 192’100
    Case No: A765’797
    Model Name: Cosmograph Daytona
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 4030, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet stamped “78390A”, end links stamped "803B", max length 185mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster deployant clasp stamped “X4”
    Dimensions: 40mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex guarantee stamped Chung Mei Watch Co. Taiwan dated 29th July 2000, Rolex service guarantee, hangtags, green leather holder, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Released in 1988, the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona ref. 16520 marks a new milestone for the firm by being the very first model to feature a self-winding caliber based on the famous Zenith El Primero movement as well as an entirely new case design from its manually wound ancestors. A tremendous success, the model had more than a decade of production run and was discontinued in 2000 to make way of Rolex’s first ever in-house chronograph calibre 4130 with the reference 116520.

    Growing in demand, the Cosmograph Daytona’s evergreen modern design has garnered the attention from vintage collectors all around the globe, and have become on the most sought after sports watch. Iconic in its status and part of the last configurations of the reference, the present example of ref. 16520 bears an A serial from circa 2000. Produced close to the end of its production, the present specimen is preserved in excellent condition with its original green caseback sticker still intact. Furthermore, it is accompanied by its original guarantee and presentation box, making this a highly collectable chronograph from the era.

  • 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. 16520
A fine, attractive and well-preserved stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with bracelet, guarantee and presentation box

Circa 2000
40mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

Estimate
HK$120,000 - 200,000 
€13,300-22,200
$15,400-25,600

Sold for HK$340,200

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2031
[email protected]

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIII

Hong Kong Auctions 25-26 November 2021