154 Rolex Absolutely Precious and Very Rare, Daytona, Automatic Chronograph Wristwatch in Yellow Gold, Champagne Dial, Retailed by Tiffany & Co, With Box, Warranty and Pucci Papaleo Letter, Reference 16 528

Estimate: €80,000 –⁠ 160,000

Sold (Premium)€182,000

Model: Daytona
Reference: 16 528
Case Material: Yellow Gold
Bracelet Material: Yellow Gold
Year: 1989
Movement: Automatic
Caliber: 4030
Case N°: L703296
Dimensions: 40 mm
Signed: Dial, Movement and Case
Accessories: Box, Warranty and Pucci Papaleo’s Letter Confirming the Presence of This Watch in the Book “Daytona Perpetual” at pages 152–153
Literature: This specific watch is published in the Book “Daytona Perpetual” by Pucci Papaleo at pages 152–153

1988 was a very breakthrough year since the iconic Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona series reference 16 500 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. 16 520), in steel and gold (ref. 16 523), and in gold (ref. 16 528). There were several novelties compared to previous models such as a sapphire crystal which replaced the previous plexiglass one. Offered in very good overall condition and still retaining the protective green sticker to the case back, the present reference 16 528 represents a truly rare opportunity for the Rolex collector to acquire a highly attractive example of the first automatic Daytona chronograph. Equipped with a solid Oyster bracelet in gold, this very watch is fitted with a bezel calibrated to 400 unites per hour as correct for the period. The champagne dial matches perfectly with the rest of the whole watch and is further embellished with the iconic and precious signature of the retailer signature Tiffany & Co. Located at 12 o’clock, slightly below the Cosmograph designation, it is indeed very rare to find and is even more so when together with the watch come the original warranty and box both of them signed by the American jeweler. To add further handful of desirability, comes the letter of Pucci Papaleo which confirms the presence of this watch in his book “Daytona Perpetual” at page 152–153.