Rare Watches, Magnificent Jewels & Objets de Vertu 14 January 2019 | Monaco LOT 94
Rolex Daytona cosmograph, ref. 16528, with floating logo and “porcelain” dial, yellow gold, with original punched guarantee.
Estimate € 90,000 – 120,000
Model: Daytona Cosmograph
Material: Yellow-gold 18K
Reference N°: 16528
Case N°: L236065
Caliber: 4030 Zenith automatic
Bracelet: Rolex Oyster yellow-gold 18k
Dimensions: 40 mm
Signed: Dial, case, movement and bracelet
Accessories: Original punched guarantee
Rolex’s first automatic Daytona was introduced in 1988. Housing the iconic zenith-based caliber 4030, it featured a larger case and was fitted with a sapphire crystal. The watch immediately became a cult classic and garnered an immediate waiting list at Rolex retailers. The gold version reference 16528 was a luxurious alternative to its stainless steel counterpart reference 16520. First generation examples like the present watch displayed “cosmograph” floating below “Rolex Oyster perpetual superlative chronometer officially certified.” This variant is known as the “floating logo.” During the model’s initial production years, the dials were made with white lacquer, however, due to economic reason just very few were made. A porcelain look of dial combined with the black inscriptions gives an amazing three-dimensional appearance. This timepiece is fitted with an original early bezel, which is calibrated to 200 units. Still exhibiting full proportions, the watch retains its original punched guarantee stating it was sold in Italy. A unique opportunity to get a very rare and precious icon of Rolex chronograph production and very solid long-term investment.
Montre Rolex en or jaune, modèle Daytona Cosmographe, réf. 16 528. Daytona écrit en rouge flottant, cadran « porcelaine ». Accompagné de la garantie originale. Ce modèle est une rare occasion d’obtenir une icône de la production de chronographe Rolex et un solide investissement a moyen et long terme.