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ROLEX. A FINE STAINLESS STEEL AUTOMATIC CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BLACK DIAL, TROPICAL BROWN CHAPTER RINGS, BRACELET, ORIGINAL GUARANTEE AND BOX
ROLEXRef. 16520 With Tropical Brown Chapter Rings
ROLEX. A FINE STAINLESS STEEL AUTOMATIC CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BLACK DIAL, TROPICAL BROWN CHAPTER RINGS, BRACELET, ORIGINAL GUARANTEE AND BOX

SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER PERPETUAL, COSMOGRAPH, DAYTONA, REF. 16520, CASE NO. W822013, CIRCA 1994

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ROLEX. A FINE STAINLESS STEEL AUTOMATIC CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BLACK DIAL, TROPICAL BROWN CHAPTER RINGS, BRACELET, ORIGINAL GUARANTEE AND BOX
SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER PERPETUAL, COSMOGRAPH, DAYTONA, REF. 16520, CASE NO. W822013, CIRCA 1994
Movement: cal. 4030, automatic, 31 jewels, signed
Dial: signed
Case: screw back, inside case back stamped 16500, 39 mm. diam., signed
With: stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet with deployant clasp stamped 78390, V3, overall length approx. 170 mm., International Guarantee stamped by Chinese retailer Tai Fung Watch Co and dated 3 April 1996, product literature and box

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Offered in very good overall condition and still retaining the protective green sticker to the case back, the present reference 16520 further impresses with its rare Mark IV dial with brown chapter rings.

The legendary reference 16520 was the first chronograph of the Rolex manufacture fitted with the automatic movement cal. 4030 derived from a Zenith ébauche. Built with a larger case than its predecessors and a sapphire-crystal glass, the model immediately encountered great success and throughout the years has become an icon amongst Rolex collectors.

Of particular interest, the present chronograph features a highly attractive black glossy Mark IV dial with tropical brown subsidiary registers of even color.

For another example of a reference 16520 Daytona with tropical registers, please see The Ultimate Daytona by Pucci Papaleo, pages 556 to 559.

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