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Rolex A very rare and luxurious Rolex Cosmograph Daytona reference 16528 in 18k yellow gold with diamond-set ''four-liner'' dial and original box.

Estimation € 33,000 – 55,000

Model: Daytona
Material: 18k yellow gold
Reference N°: 16528
Year: 1988
Case N°: R833482
Caliber: 4030
Movement N°: 10862
Bracelet: yellow gold
Dimensions: 38 mm
Accessories: box

1988 was a very breakthrough year since the iconic Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona series reference 16500 was launched. Taking advantage of the increased size of the case from 37 to 40 mm, these models came equipped with the legendary 4030 caliber with Zenith El Primero ebauche. This new chronograph was available in three versions: in stainless steel (ref. 16520), in steel and gold (ref. 16523), and in gold (ref. 16528). There were several novelties compared to previous models such as a sapphire crystal which replaced the previous plexiglass one. This attractive reference 16528 is one of the very first reference 16528 that were 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. The present watch in 18k yellow gold fits a charming champagne-colored dial and is offered in overall excellent condition. It distinguishes itself from its peers by the very rare four lines dial, instead of the more common five lines and, above all, the very rare and sought after 8 square size diamonds as indexes. To an expert eye, the last small but important detail on the dial will certainly not be overlooked: on the subsidiary dial for the hours registration is depicted the so-called “inverted 6“, given its opposite position which makes it confuse with the number 9. A set of small rarities and remarkable for its luxurious splendor and exceptional condition, this collectible chronograph would be a wonderful addition to any Rolex collection.