80,000 - 120,000 CHF
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'THE DAYTONA 13' AN EXTREMELY RARE VERSION OF THE GOLD AND DIAMOND-SET AUTOMATIC CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH CIRCA 1989 REF. 16528 COSMOGRAPH DAYTONA WITH DIAL VARIANT '13' AND LETTER CONFIRMATION FROM ROLEX
- YELLOW GOLD
• cal. Zenith 4030 automatic lever movement, 31 jewels, mono-metallic balance • black dial, diamond-set indexes, variant for the 13 index, three subsidiary dials for constant seconds, 30-minute and 12-hour registers • 18k yellow gold Oyster case with crown guard, bezel calibrated for 400 units per hour, screw-down crown and chronograph pushers • with an 18k yellow gold Rolex bracelet and folding clasp • case, dial, movement and bracelet signed • with original certificate, presentation case and a letter signed by Chairman of Rolex confirming authenticity of the variant '13' on the dial
The magical story of 'The Daytona 13' begins in 1989 when a private customer goes to the local Rolex retailer to purchase the latest model, reference 16528, a gold Cosmograph Daytona. This collector on the day of his purchase goes back home wearing the watch on his wrist, enjoying it as much as possible like all Rolex afficionados. After meticulously putting the presentation case and original certificate in a safe, he continues to enjoy his new watch for another three days and suddenly while glancing at the dial notices an error on the 15 minutes Arabic indication showing instead the number 13. His first reaction is, 'this is a mistake, I will immediately write to Rolex in Geneva to have this fixed'. While his letter is sent to the Rolex headquarters in Geneva, he receives back the response from its Chairman at the time, Mr. Heinegger, who by writing confirms the printing error on the 13 indication marker. At the same time, he offers to the client to replace this variant 13 by the normal 15, however, the client is starting to enjoy his watch and keeps it on his wrist without coming back to Rolex. This is most certainly a unique opportunity to have the first variant 13 confirmed by Rolex.