Exclusive Timepieces 7 –⁠ 8 December 2019 | Monaco

Auction Details

A wide selection of very fine vintage timepieces, property of various prominent collectors will be presented in this sale. Including a fine selection of Longines Chronograph coming from one of the most important collections worldwide.

11 Rolex Fascinating and Iconic Daytona Chronograph Wristwatch in Steel and Gold, Reference 16 523, With Black Floating Dial, Bracelet, Additional Links and Box

Estimate: € 12,000 –⁠ 25,000

Sold € 15,600

Lot Description

Model: Daytona
Material: Stainless Steel and Yellow Gold
Reference N°: 16523
Year: 1989
Case N°: L415808
Caliber: 4030
Movement type: Automatic
Bracelet: Stainless Steel and Yellow Gold
Dimensions: 40 mm
Signed: Case, dial and movement
Accessories: Additional links + Box

There are very few watches in the world that carry such gravitas and desirability amongst collectors as the “Rolex Cosmograph Daytona”. Nowadays it is one of the most sought after wristwatch by collectors and neophytes all over the world. The Rolex Cosmograph Daytona, introduced in 1963, was designed to meet the demands of professional racing drivers. In 1988 a breakthrough event which changed forever the conception of this model: it was in fact launched the iconic Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona series reference 16 500 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 great success new chronograph was available in three versions: in stainless steel (ref. 16 520), in gold (ref. 16528) and in steel and gold (ref. 16523) such as the present watch. The case of this 16 523 is definitely notable for its quality and so is the stainless steel and gold Oyster bracelet. The gold bezel is graduated to 400 units per hours and still presents the vivid black color of the printing. The black glossy dial is untouched and is gorgeous with the red Daytona signature and the applied yellow gold baton numerals. Moreover this specimen is a first generation of this model and for this reason displays the separated “Cosmograph” below “Rolex Oyster Perpetual Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified”. Thanks to this characteristic these type of quadrants are also known as floating dials and are object of desire of many collectors. A further peculiarity of the present watch is located in the gold ring of the subdial for 12 hours registration at 6 o’clock and is the so know “inverted 6“, given its opposite position which makes it confuse with the number 9. Offered with its original box and additional link, two tone watches like this are gaining positions in the watch aficionados’ wish list and for this reason are now very requested.