DAYTONA, REFERENCE 16520
STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET
Calibre: cal. 4030 automatic, 31 jewels
Movement number: 160'210
Case: stainless steel Oyster, screw-down crown, pushers and back
Case number: U'610'448
Closure: stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet with integrated folding clasp
Dimensions: 40mm diameter, bracelet circumference approximately 175mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: presentation case
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DIAL: dial and hands in excellent condition. With one minor chip to the sapphire crystal at 11 o'clock.
CASE: in good condition with signs of previous polishing. The case shows well defined bevels and has scratches throughout due to wear. The serial and reference between the lugs are highly legible. The bezel bears superficial scratches throughout with no loss of ink to the tachymeter scale. The outer-caseback bears one small mark and surface scratches. The bottom of the lugs show trace of previous bracelet removals. Inner caseback stamped 16500.
Bracelet: ref. 78390/503B, clasp stamped U8 / 78390. Bracelet with scratches throughout and minor stretch. Clasp locks firmly.
MOVEMENT: running at the time of cataloguing, chronograph starts, stops and resets.
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Born in 1963, the Rolex Daytona was initially intended to be called ‘Le Mans’. The racetrack-focused chronograph relied in its early days on a manual winding Valjoux calibre and was offered with a variety of highly collectible dials, such as the Paul Newman dial, a collector’s favourite.
The reference 16520 superseded references 6263 and 6265 in 1988 and was a revolution in the Daytona history. It was the first reference fitted with an automatic calibre, which was the famous Zenith El Primero movement, renamed cal. 4030 for the occasion. For reliability and ease-of-service purposes, Rolex replaced more than half of the components and decreased the beating rate from a fast 36,000 beats per hour to a more conventional 28’800. The reference 16520 had a larger, more modern 40 mm diameter.
Over the course of its 12-year production, the 16520 can be divided in five consecutive series based on the evolution of its dial.
It was available in stainless-steel, yellow or white gold as well as a in two-tone configuration. In 1999, as Zenith was acquired by the luxury group LVMH, Rolex developed their in-house interpretation of a modern column-wheel chronograph, the calibre 4130. The Daytona 16520 was therefore discontinued this year and replaced with the reference 116520 in 2000.
The present stainless-steel reference 16520 dates from 1997 and displays a Mark IV tritium-filled white dial. The signature 5 text lines are slightly higher than the previous dial versions, while the sub-dial font is bolder with a more squared design. This generation of dials is the last one to bear tritium markers and the T Swiss T designation at 6 o'clock before Rolex introduced the luminova dials to the reference only a few months later.
Preserved in appealing condition, this wristwatch is fitted with its stainless-steel signature brushed and polished Oyster bracelet.