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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1999
    Reference No: 16520
    Case No: A306’321
    Model Name: Cosmograph Daytona
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 4030, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet stamped “78390A”, max length 210mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster deployant clasp stamped “X5”
    Dimensions: 40mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex guarantee stamped Perret Alhajas Y Relojes S.R.L, Argentina, instruction manual, product literature, hangtag, 1999-2000 calendar card, bezel protector, leather holder, leather passport holder, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Rolex Cosmograph Daytona ref. 16520 marked the inception of a new automatic era for the chronograph, launched in 1988 until the dawn of the new millennium, the model was powered by the Zenith El Primero cal. 4030 movement. The degree of desirability and scarcity of the model combined with historical importance, good looks, and practicality have made the series highly coveted by collectors and the Zenith Daytona is now considered a true milestone for Rolex. With a long production of 12 years, the present example is distinguished by its impressive "new-old-stock" condition. Bearing an "A" serial indicating its birth from the factory in circa 1999, the watch is practically unworn and preserved in an excellent state. Offered with its original guarantee stamped with Argentinian retailer and associated accessories, amazingly it not only features the green sticker on the caseback, but on top of it, the Argentinian import stamp still remains intact. Belonging to the last of the Zenith series as the curtain falls to welcome the fully the in-house cal. 4130 movement in the year 2000, the present lot is a must-have for the discerning collector of the Cosmograph Daytona.

  • 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
An attractive and well-preserved "new-old-stock" stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with bracelet, guarantee and presentation box

Circa 1999
40mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

Estimate
HK$160,000 - 240,000 
€17,800-26,600
$20,500-30,800

Sold for HK$403,200

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