Important Collectors’ Watches, Pocket...

Geneva, Oct 14, 2007

LOT 79

Ref. 16628 "Yacht-Master" Rolex, ?Oyster Perpetual Date, Yacht-Master, Superlative Chronometer, Officially Certified?, Ref. 16628/16620, case No. S430703. Made in 1994. Very fine, center seconds, self-winding, water-resistant, 18K yellow gold wristwatch with special time-lapse bezel, date and an 18K yellow gold Rolex Oyster "Fliplock" bracelet. Accompanied by a Rolex guarantee (now void).

CHF 11,000 - 13,000

EUR 6,700 - 8,000 / USD 9,000 - 11,000

Sold: CHF 12,980

C. Three-body, solid, polished and brushed, screwed-down case back and crown, "Triplock" winding-crown protected by the ?crown-guard?, graduated uni-directional revolving gold bezel with 60-minute scale engraved in relief, sapphire crystal with "cyclops" lens. D. White with applied luminous markers and yellow gold and black, round, triangular and bâton indexes. Luminous yellow gold "skeleton" hands. M. Cal. 3135, rhodiumplated, "oeil-de-perdrix" decoration, 31 jewels, straight-line lever escapement, free-sprung monometallic balance adjusted to temperatures and 5 positions, shock-absorber, self-compensating Breguet balance spring, Microstella regulating screws, hack mechanism. Dial, case and movement signed. Diam. 40 mm. Thickness 12 mm.

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Grading System
Grade: AA

Very good

Case: 3


Movement: 3*


Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2-01

Very good

HANDS Original


Ref. 16628
was launched in 1992 and was intended to embody all that made the Rolex Oyster a success. A similar watch is illustrated in ?Rolex, Collecting Wristwatches?, by Osvaldo Patrizzi, 2001 Edition, p. 291.