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Rolex. A fine and very rare stainless steel automatic chronograph wristwatch with porcelain-style dial, bracelet, original Guarantee and box

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.
Rolex. A fine and very rare stainless steel automatic chronograph wristwatch with porcelain-style dial, bracelet, original Guarantee and box

SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER PERPETUAL, COSMOGRAPH, DAYTONA, REF. 16520, CASE NO. R782887, CIRCA 1989

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Rolex. A fine and very rare stainless steel automatic chronograph wristwatch with porcelain-style dial, bracelet, original Guarantee and box Signed Rolex, Oyster Perpetual, Cosmograph, Daytona, ref. 16520, case no. R782887, circa 1989 Cal. 4030 automatic movement, 31 jewels, white porcelain-style 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, bezel calibrated for 200 units, screw back, screw down crown, two round screw down chronograph buttons in the band, stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, deployant clasp, case, dial and movement signed 39 mm. diam.
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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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With Rolex original punched Guarantee dated 5 April 1989, sale tags, two leather wallets, promotional booklets from the period and cards, presentation box and outer packaging. Furthermore accompanied by Rolex Service Guarantee dated 10 July 2013 valid for two years and service booklet.

The present watch is one of the extremely rare "R"-series models of reference 16520 to appear in public, distinguished by the white porcelain-style dial. Its rarity is further enhanced by the excellent overall condition and the presence of the original guarantee, tags, accessories and box.

Launched in 1988, the ref. 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 caliber developed in-house by Rolex. This new movement was itself based on Zenith's caliber 400 and contained about 200 modifications.

The present reference 16520 is from the R-series, featuring a so-called "porcelain" dial, produced in an exceedingly small number only. The dials were in fact layered with a coating resembling porcelain, signatures and scales printed on top, giving it an almost floating appearance. The intention behind this version was to render it a more appealing look. Due to high production cost, manufacture of these dials was soon ceased, rendering the ref. 16520 "R" models much sought after collectors watches.

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