Chopard LUC 16/1860 1.96 Rose Gold Silver Dial - All Docs - Extra 18k Caseback - Geneva Seal!

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For your consideration I have a Chopard L.U.C, model 16/1860/2, in a rose gold case and silver dial. This is the 1.96 movement variant, with a much higher standard of movement finishing in comparison to the 3.96. The solid 22k microrotor adorns the fully hand finished movement, with easily visible hand chamfered and polished bridges. The dial is made by Metalem, the same company that manufactured dials for Philippe Dufour. It is a solid gold base with true hand guilloche in the center and applied markers outboard. This watch comes with all of the original paperwork unique to this piece, including the certificate of origin, Geneva Seal certificate, Geneva Seal hang tag, COSC certtificate, and service paperwork from 2006 indicating a full movement overhaul. Also included is the extra solid 18k gold caseback (never mounted), which can be rare as many owners unfortunately sold it as scrap. The watch itself is in good condition, with typical marks and small dents expected of a gold watch of its age. The discoloration you see on the metal in some areas is just patina and it could be easily removed with a microfiber cloth. The watch appears to be unpolished with a really thick bezel and lugs (I've owned a few in the past that were nowhere this chunky), and the service paperwork does not indicate that it was polished during that time (Chopard charges extra for polishing). I believe most of the marks could be polished out if the buyer desires. The guilloche dial is free of any blemishes, which is important as these are very expensive to replace. Both crystals are free of any scratches. The movement does not have any visible dust or scratches on it. The 18k tang buckle is also in good condition with some light scratches. The watch is mounted on a never worn black OEM alligator strap. As far as timing is concerned, this watch runs very strong, with an amplitude of 270 degrees and a rate of -3 to -5 sec/day. Please see the attached timegrapher readout.
If you are here you likely know what you're looking at. Geneva seal finishing on a micro rotor movement, a true guilloche dial, and an 18k rose gold case execution make this watch one of the best values on the used market. The quality can compete with many of the industry's top tier manufacturers.
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