A very fine and attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with bracelet, guarantee and presentation box

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1997
    Reference No: 16520
    Case No: U437’984
    Model Name: Cosmograph Daytona
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 4030, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet stamped 78390, endlinks stamped 503 B, max length 180mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Rolex stainless steel Oyster deployant clasp stamped “U4”
    Dimensions: 40mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Further accompanied by original Rolex guarantee, Rolex international service guarantee, green wallet, hang tag, service manual, calendar card, outer packaging and Rolex fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present U-series watch from 1997 is offered with Rolex guarantee and presentation box. It is in excellent condition with full case proportions, strong bevel edges and a clean white dial. The present lot is a “must-have” for the discerning Daytona collector.

  • 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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Rolex

Ref. 16520
A very fine and attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with bracelet, guarantee and presentation box

勞力士,「Cosmograph Daytona」型號16520,精鋼自動上弦鏈帶腕錶,備計時功能,約1997年製。附保證書、錶盒、配件

Circa 1997
40mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

Estimate
HK$150,000 - 250,000 
€17,300-28,900
$19,200-32,100

sold for HK$250,000

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

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: NINE

Hong Kong Auction 25-26 November 2019