A fine stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with “tropical” registers and bracelet

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  • Condition Report

  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1996
    Reference No: 16520
    Movement No: 129’606
    Case No: T878’944
    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: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster deployant clasp stamped "Z5"
    Dimensions: 40mm diameter
    Signed: Dial, case, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Rolex Cosmograph Daytona ref. 16520 was first introduced in 1989 bearing the serial “L” and an inverted “6” on the 6 O’clock subsidiary dial. The reference was the first of its kind to feature a Zenith El Primero ebauche with the caliber 4030.

    The present example is a Rolex Cosmograph Daytona in stainless steel and fitted with a black dial bearing the serial “T” produced in circa 1996. Featuring desirable "tropical" registers developed through age across examples fitted with a black dial from 1993 - 1996, the present lot displays a uniformed tropicalization making it highly desirable and sought after by collectors.

  • Artist 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 fine stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with “tropical” registers and bracelet

Circa 1996
40mm diameter
Dial, case, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

Estimate
HK$100,000 - 150,000 
€11,800-17,800
$12,800-19,200

Please note that once you've placed your bid,
it cannot be cancelled.

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