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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1993
    Reference No: 16520, inside case back stamped 16500
    Movement No: 71’347
    Case No: S414653
    Model Name: Cosmograph Daytona
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, 4030, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, ref. 78360, 175 mm. maximum length, end links stamped 503 B
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex twinlock folding deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 39 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed, case back further engraved Winner Rolex 24 at Daytona 1995
    Accessories: With Rolex Official Chronometer Certification dated September 1994, International Service Guarantee dated 23 March 2006, service receipt dated 20 March 2006, product literature, signed letter from Christophe Bouchut dated 8 November 1996, signed photograph of Christophe Bouchut, cap, Daytona pin, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.
    Literature: Formerly from the collection of Mr. Christophe Bouchut.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The ‘24 Hours of Daytona’ automobile race is one of the most grueling automobile competitions in the world. Every year, world-class teams of drivers descend on Daytona Beach, Florida, to participate in the 24-hour endurance car race. Although ‘24 Hours of Daytona’ was inaugurated in 1966, it was not until 1991 that Rolex became the official title sponsor. Since then, the manufacture has presented winning team members an engraved Daytona wristwatch upon their victory.

    This watch was presented to Christophe Bouchut after his victory in the 1995 ‘24 Hours of Daytona’ race. What truly sets this watch apart is the ‘WINNER Rolex 24 at Daytona 1995’ engraving to the case back.

    John Goldberger's Opinion

    This watch celebrates two very important milestones within the history of Rolex. Accompanied by its original guarantee and documentation of provenance, the present watch represents Rolex’s unwavering support for motor sports, and commitment to the car racing industry.

    Reference 16520 is also a very innovative Rolex model, as it houses the iconic Zenith-based caliber 4030 mechanism. This timepiece represents a great stride in the watchmaking industry, and pays tribute to the very first automatic chronograph movement in the world.

  • 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, inside case back stamped 16500
An attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with guarantee, letter and presentation box, awarded to the winner of ‘1995 Rolex 24 at Daytona’

Circa 1993
39 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed, case back further engraved Winner Rolex 24 at Daytona 1995

HK$400,000 - 800,000 

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Rolex Milestones: 38 Legendary Watches That Shaped History

Hong Kong Auction 28 November 2016