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    Sale 1353

    Important Pocketwatches and Wristwatches

    12 May 2008, Geneva

  • Lot 260

    Rolex. A rare and unusual stainless steel self-winding water-resistant chronograph wristwatch with bracelet, guarantee, box and Arabic numerals

    SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER PERPETUAL, COSMOGRAPH DAYTONA, REF. 16520, CASE NO. A318277, MANUFACTURED IN 1999

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    Rolex. A rare and unusual stainless steel self-winding water-resistant chronograph wristwatch with bracelet, guarantee, box and Arabic numerals
    Signed Rolex, Oyster Perpetual, Cosmograph Daytona, ref. 16520, case no. A318277, manufactured in 1999
    Cal. 4030 nickel-finished lever movement, 31 jewels, the black dial with applied luminous Arabic numerals, luminous hands, three subsidiary dials indicating constant seconds, 30 minutes and 12 hours registers, in tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case with blank bezel calibrated to 400 units per hour, screw back and screw down crown, two round screw down chronograph buttons in the band, stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, case, dial and movement signed
    39 mm. diam.


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    Accompanied by Rolex Guarantee dated 21 July 1999 made out by Bucherer, Geneva, booklet, original presentation box and outer packaging.

    The particularity of the present watch is its unusual dial layout, featuring applied luminous Arabic numerals, commonly reserved for the Daytona models cased in gold, as opposed to the baton numerals on the stainless steel models.

    It is thought that in 1999, Rolex placed an order for 10 prototype dials with their supplier Singer, destined to be used for the nouveau Daytona models in white gold and with leather bracelets. Five examples of each black and white dials with such applied Arabic numerals were made, the white versions were used on white gold models.

    The black dials however never went above the experimental stage and were fitted on five stainless steel reference 16520 Daytona models, amongst them the present watch.

    Special Notice

    Prospective buyers should be aware that the importation of Rolex watches into the United States is highly restricted. Rolex watches may not be shipped into the USA and can only be imported personally. Generally a buyer may import only one watch into the USA. For further information please contact our specialists in charge of the sale. Please note other countries may have comparable import restrictions for luxury watches.


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