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.
156 Rolex Very Rare and Luxurious Daytona Chronograph Wristwatch in Yellow Gold, Reference 16 528, With Black “Floating” Dial and Original Papers
Estimate: € 30,000 – 60,000
Sold € 54,600
Material: Yellow Gold
Reference N°: 16528
Case N°: R833545
Movement type: Automatic
Bracelet: Yellow Gold
Dimensions: 39 mm
Signed: Dial, case and movement
In 1988 Rolex decide to give a turn to its historically important production of Daytonas: that year was in fact launched the first automatic model of that family introducing the 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 new chronograph was available in three versions: the 16 520 in stainless steel, the 16 523 in steel and gold, and the 16 528 in gold. There were several novelties compared to previous models such as a sapphire crystal which replaced the previous plexiglass one. This attractive reference 16 528 is one of the very first reference 16 528 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. The present watch in 18k yellow gold is offered in overall excellent condition with crisp hallmarks and sharpe edges. The dial fitted on this lot is a true rarity given the charming black color and most of all the floating signature Cosmograph slightly below the 12 o’clock. This feature is very unusual to find and the whole dial becomes even more attractive if considered the “inverted 6″ on the subsidiary dial for the 12 hours registration, 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 is sold with the original warranty confirming its sale the 25th of June 1992 and booklet.