ROLEX | 'ZENITH' DAYTONA, REF 16528 YELLOW GOLD CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET AND 'INVERTED 6' DIAL CIRCA 1991
Estimate: 25,000 - 35,000 CHF
'ZENITH' DAYTONA, REF 16528
YELLOW GOLD CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET AND 'INVERTED 6' DIAL
Calibre: cal. 4030 automatic, 31 jewels
Movement number: 53'728
Case: 18k yellow gold, screw-down back
Case number: N'231'788
Closure: 18k yellow gold Rolex Oyster bracelet and folding clasp
Dimensions: 40 mm, bracelet circumference approx. 180 mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: Rolex presentation case
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MVT: running at the time of cataloguing, chronograph starts, stops and resets.
CASE: in good overall condition. With light surface wear throughout and small dents to the bezel and lugs. Hallmarks and serial numbers are clearly defined and fully legible. Bracelet clasp code 78398 Z11 in good condition. With one small chip to the crystal at 12 o'clock.
DIAL: in good overall condition with some minor bubbling to the periphery of the dial, between 1 and 5 o'clock, visible only under strong lighting and magnification. Hands in very good condition. Hands and dial indexes are matching under UV light.
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.
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The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The online condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance purposes only. The images of the lot also form part of the online condition report for the lot provided by Sotheby's. Any reference to condition in the online condition report does not amount to a full description of condition. The online condition report may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the online condition report of the lot or shown in the online images of the lot (for example, the online condition report 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. The online condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation because Sotheby's is not a professional conservator or restorer but rather the online condition report is a statement of subjective, qualified opinion genuinely held by Sotheby's (for example, information regarding colour, clarity and weight of gemstones are statements of opinion only and not statements of fact by Sotheby's). Please also note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and wrist bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. In addition, certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot (for example, the online images may represent colours and shades which are different to the lot's actual colour and shades). For these reasons, the online condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. Prospective buyers should also refer to the Buying at Auction guide which includes important notices concerning the type of property in this sale. 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. Please be advised that wristbands 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. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS (ONLINE ONLY).
The Rolex Daytona was powered by Valjoux manual winding movements from its inception in 1963 until the introduction of the reference 16520 in 1988. The all-modernized and larger 40mm case would accommodate a modified Zenith El Primero automatic calibre, internally renamed the Rolex caliber 4030.
The present reference 16528 stands as the luxurious variant of the Daytona, boasting both the case and Oyster bracelet in yellow gold. This particular example dates from 1991 and features a rare black inverted 6 dial. These early dials were produced by Singer between 1991 and 1993 and display an upside-down 6 to the bottom subdial as well as a non-serif text.