PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT COLLECTOR
ROLEX | COSMOGRAPH DAYTONA, REFERENCE 16520 A STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH TEST DIAL AND BRACELET, CIRCA 1998 " | 勞力士 | Cosmograph Daytona 型號16520 精鋼計時鏈帶腕錶，備試驗錶盤，錶殼編號U644912，約1998年製"
Estimate: 400,000 - 800,000 HKD
PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT COLLECTOR
COSMOGRAPH DAYTONA, REFERENCE 16520
A STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH TEST DIAL AND BRACELET, CIRCA 1998
Cosmograph Daytona 型號16520
Calibre: cal. 4030 automatic, 31 jewels
Case: stainless steel, screw down case back
Case number: U644912
Closure: stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet and folding clasp
Size: 40 mm diameter, bracelet circumference approximately 175 mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: Rolex Official Chronometer Certification
The movement is in working condition at the time of cataloguing. The dial is in very nice condition. The bezel with light surface wear and some very minor losses to the black paint. The case with light surface wear that can be seen with the naked eye but still has full proportions. The case back with crisp milled edge and light surface wear to the centre. The numbers between the lugs are crisp. There is light surface wear underneath the lugs from where the bracelet is being removed. The bracelet with light surface wear throughout that can be seen with the naked eye.
Please note that the movement has not been tested for the accuracy of time and may need a service at the buyer's expense. Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement and we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts.
You are advised that watch straps or bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator or crocodile) are not sold with the watch and we reserve the right to remove these straps or bands prior to shipping. Furthermore, the watch may not come with its original manufacturers strap or band.
Prospective bidders should review the Conditions of Business, Authenticity Guarantee, the Guide for Prospective Buyers, and any Important Notice in the sale catalogue.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. All dimensions in catalogue descriptions are approximate. Condition reports may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome. Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. Please note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and leather bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
**Please be advised that bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping."
For a published selection of Rolex test dials for the Daytona, please see Daytona Perpetual by Pucci Papaleo, pages 118 and 119.
This automatic Daytona, reference 16520, is very rare indeed. The watch is fitted with a test dial, used by technicians at the firm. The dial itself is quite plain but gives this Daytona a very unique appeal. In Pucci Papaleo's new book, Daytona Perpetual, there is an illustration with similar test dials on page 119. Further noted in the book, it states that these test dials were used by Rolex for chronometer testing. This is for the first time a test dial Zenith Daytona to be offered on the market and the watch is accompanied by its punched Guarantee that further described the dial as being white.