Rolex. An 18K gold automatic chronograph wristwatch with bracelet
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Rolex. An 18K gold automatic chronograph wristwatch with bracelet


Rolex. An 18K gold automatic chronograph wristwatch with bracelet
Signed Rolex, Oyster Perpetual, Cosmograph, Daytona, ref. 16528, case no. R883507, manufactured in 1988
Cal. 4030 nickel-finished lever movement, 31 jewels, white dial, applied luminous baton numerals, luminous hands, three subsidiary dials for constant seconds, 30 minutes and 12 hours registers on black chapter rings, tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case, blank bezel calibrated for 200 units, screw back, screw down crown, two screw down chronograph buttons in the band, 18K gold Rolex Oyster bracelet, case, dial and movement signed
39 mm. diam
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Lot Essay

With Rolex International Servicing Guarantee dated 21 July 1999.

Rolex Ref. 16528
Launched in 1988, the 16500 series comprised the first automatic chronographs to be introduced by Rolex, marking an end to the production of hand-wound Daytona models. The series initially used a modified Zenith 'El Primero' movement, which was later replaced by the 4030 calibre developed in-house by Rolex. This new movement was itself based on Zenith's calibre 400 and contained about 200 modifications.

The 16500 series comprises the 16520 in stainless steel, the 16523 in steel and gold, the 16518 in 18K gold with leather strap, the 16519 in white gold with leather strap and the present 16528 gold model. All models are water-resistant up to 100 meters, come in Oyster cases with screw down push buttons, have an Oyster Triplock 700 series winding crown, a calibrated metal bezel and sapphire crystal.

The present reference 16528, produced in 1988, is a fine example from the first series, featuring:
-- text on five lines centred below the Rolex logo at 12 o'clock and with Cosmograph further down
-- graphics with more accentuated "serifs" (or stroke details on letters), including those on the hour indexes of the 60th scale as opposed to later series, were the characters get rounder and have almost no "serifs".
-- register tracks with smooth background and metal border
-- the 6 on the 12-hours register up-side down as opposed to later versions with 6 straight
-- Daytona signature further away from the hour totalizer than it would be in the third and fourth series
- T Swiss Made T signature printed across the index at 6 o'clock

For detailed descriptions and illustrations of the dial variations of the 16500 series see Rolex Daytona - a legend is born by Carlo Pergola, Stefano Mazzariol, Giovanni Dosso, pp. 204 - 227.

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