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    Sale 1413

    Rare Watches Including Important Private Collections

    16 May 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 52

    Rolex. A fine, rare and early 18K gold automatic chronograph wristwatch with champagne dial, bracelet and box

    SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER PERPETUAL, COSMOGRAPH, DAYTONA, REF. 16528, CASE NO. R985722, CIRCA 1987

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    Rolex. A fine, rare and early 18K gold automatic chronograph wristwatch with champagne dial, bracelet and box
    Signed Rolex, Oyster Perpetual, Cosmograph, Daytona, ref. 16528, case no. R985722, circa 1987
    Cal. 4030 automatic movement, 31 jewels, champagne dial, applied luminous baton numerals, luminous hands, fifth of a second divisions, three sunken subsidiary dials with back chapter ring for 30 minutes and 12 hours registers and constant seconds, tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case, bezel with tachymetre scale, screw back, screw down crown, two screw down chronograph buttons in the band, 18K gold Rolex Oyster bracelet, deployant clasp, case, dial and movement signed
    39 mm. diam.; overall length approx. 170 mm.


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    With Rolex leather document holder, product literature, calendar, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

    This piece is one of the very first 16528 made, as denoted by the serial number R, the first letter in the new letter coded serial number system introduced by Rolex in 1987. It correctly features the early bezel calibrated to 200 units per hour, as opposed to the later one calibrated to 400 units per hour. Early examples of this reference (bearing serial number R, such as this one) are considered highly collectible timepieces. Another attractive feature exclusive to these early pieces is the “staccato” (or “floating”) dial: the Cosmograph designation is markedly separated (staccato, in Italian) from the rest of the designations.

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