ROLEX. AN EXTREMELY RARE AND ATTRACTIVE STAINLESS STEEL AND 18K GOLD AUTOMATIC CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH “FOUR-LINER PORCELAIN” DIAL, BRACELET, ORIGINAL GUARANTEE AND BOX
SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER PERPETUAL, SUPERLATIVE CHRONOMETER, COSMOGRAPH, DAYTONA, REF. 16523, CASE NO. L718620, MANUFACTURED IN 1989
Cal. 4030 automatic movement, 31 jewels, porcelain dial, applied gold luminous baton numerals, luminous hands, three subsidiary dials for constant seconds, 30 minutes and 12 hours registers on black chapter rings, stainless steel tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case, gold bezel calibrated for 400 units, stainless steel screw back, gold screw down crown, two gold screw down chronograph buttons in the band, stainless steel and 18K gold Rolex Oyster bracelet, case, dial and movement signed.
With Rolex original Guarantee dated 30.01.91 and original fitted wooden presentation box with outer packaging.
The new automatic Daytona presents important modifications both from an aesthetic and a technical point of view. It is completely renovated and developed as a response to the needs of the late 1980s market.
The Triplock crown and the pushers are waterproof thanks to the screw-down system and the dial is offered in two versions: white with thin black circular rings on the inside of the rim of the registers or black with white rings. The indexes and the hands are luminescent, crafted initially using tritium and later SuperLuminova.
The dial bears the chronometer certification, a feature Rolex seems to particularly love, placed under the crown logo whilst the red Daytona designation sits above the central sub dial.
Reference 16523 in yellow Rolesor, the steel and gold version, is produced between 1988 and 2000. Manufactured in 1989, this reference 16523 presents a dial with truly unusual and unique characteristics. Firstly, there is the “grand feu” white background, a perfect canvas on which to showcase the gold indexes and the counters with the inner black rings. Secondly, another rarity is the presence of four lines of writing whilst abandoning the fifth line “officially certified”, which is reintroduced the following year.
Our research shows that this may indeed be a unique example. So far the market has only known four-liners with a “grand-feu” dial and diamond indexes, or five-liners staccato (with the increased gap between the fourth and fifth line) “grand feu”. This is the first time a four-liner “grand feu” without diamond markers makes its appearance on the market.
The collectible appeal of such a rare model is further enhanced by its pristine condition and its full sales kit.
Courtesy of Christie's