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    Sale 1417

    Rare Watches Including Nautilus 40 Part II

    14 November 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 119

    Rolex. A fine and early stainless steel automatic chronograph wristwatch with bracelet and Garantie


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    Rolex. A fine and early stainless steel automatic chronograph wristwatch with bracelet and Garantie
    Signed Rolex, Oyster Perpetual, Cosmograph, Daytona, ref. 16520, case no. L686740, circa 1990
    MOVEMENT: automatic, cal. 4030, 31 jewels
    DIAL: black gloss, applied luminous baton numerals, luminous hands, outer fifths of a second divisions, three sunken subsidiary dials for constant seconds, 30 minutes and 12 hours registers on white chapter rings
    CASE: stainless steel, tonneau-shaped, metal bezel with tachymetre scale graduated to 400 UPH, screw back, screw down crown, 40 mm. diam.
    SIGNED: case, dial and movement
    BRACELET/CLASP: stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, deployant clasp, approximate overall length 195 mm.
    ACCOMPANIED BY: Rolex Garantie stamped by München retailer Uhren Sonntag and dated 11 March 1991, product literature

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    In 1987, Rolex made a major upgrade to their Daytona line of chronographs: an automatic movement, based on a Zenith El Primero ébauche.

    The present chronograph is a very early representative of that historical model, reference 16520, as denoted by its L serial number. Offered in glorious condition and with its original Guarantee, this specimen is particularly interesting as it is one of the very few L series sporting what can be considered the nearly definitive layout for the reference. In fact, in the first few years of commercialization of this model, Rolex modified the graphics of the dial (5 lines staccato, then 4 lines, and finally 5 lines) and of the bezel (2 different versions graduated to 200 UPH, and finally to 400 UPH). Only very few, the latest produced, L series feature the final layout with bezel graduated to 400 units, and 5 lines dial. The one detail of this dial which will be later modified is the upside-down 6 in the 12 hours register, which will be rightside-up from 1993.

    Consigned by its original owner the present Cosmograph Daytona is furthermore preserved in very good overall condition, still retaining the protective green sticker to the case back.