ROLEX | COSMOGRAPH DAYTONA, REFERENCE 16520, A STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH SUSPENDED LOGO AND BRACELET, CIRCA 1989
COSMOGRAPH DAYTONA, REFERENCE 16520
A STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH SUSPENDED LOGO AND BRACELET, CIRCA 1989
Calibre: cal. 4030 automatic, 31 jewels
Case: stainless steel, screw down case back
Case number: L346160
Closure: stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet and folding clasp
Size: 40 mm diameter, bracelet circumference approximately 165 mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
The movement is in working condition at the time of cataloguing. All functions are working properly. The watch is in excellent overall condition with only very minor signs of wear in places. A tiny ding towards the edge of the case back. The bracelet is in excellent overall condition with only very minor signs of wear in places. Overall the watch is in excellent condition.
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.
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**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."
Between 1988 and 2000, Rolex produced the first automatic version of the Daytona, the reference 16520. The 40 mm sports chronograph relied on the Zenith El Primero calibre, extensively modified by Rolex and re-named the calibre 4030. Over the course of its 12 year lifespan, the reference 16520 was produced in 5 different series and available in stainless steel, yellow gold and stainless steel and gold.
The present L series, reference 16520 in stainless steel, left the Rolex manufacture in 1989 and has had little wear ever since. The dial features a suspending logo known as the "Floating Cosmograph", this configuration can be identified from several factors, however the two most significant clues would be the "Cosmograph" line being moderately lower than the four lines above, and the inverted "6" to the subsidiary hours.