ROLEX | REFERENCE 16520, DAYTONA "PATRIZZI" COSMOGRAPH WITH TROPICAL DIAL CIRCA 1998
DAYTONA "PATRIZZI" COSMOGRAPH WITH TROPICAL DIAL
Dial: Black, tropical registers
Calibre: cal. 4030 automatic, 31 jewels
Movement number: 153755
Case: stainless steel Oyster, screw-down Oyster back
Case number: U577764
Closure: Rolex Oyster bracelet with folding Rolex clasp
Dimensions: 40mm diameter, bracelet approximately 170mm in length
Signed: dial, case, movement and bracelet
Accessories: Rolex presentation box and punched chronometer certificate dated July 12th 1998
Case: The watch is good order has recently been serviced by Rolex and still exhibits the service stickers. The bracelet is slightly stretched but is in good order.
Movement: Watch running at the time of cataloguing but untested for timekeeping.
Dial: clean and in good order, with even patination and discolouration to the subsidiary dials
Please note that the movement has not been tested for the accuracy of time and may need a service at the buyer's expense. Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement and we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts.
You are advised that watch straps or bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator or crocodile) are not sold with the watch and we reserve the right to remove these straps or bands prior to shipping. Furthermore, the watch may not come with its original manufacturers strap or band.
Prospective bidders should review the Conditions of Business, Authenticity Guarantee, the Guide for Prospective Buyers, and any Important Notice in the sale catalogue.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. All dimensions in catalogue descriptions are approximate. Condition reports 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. Please note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and leather bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. 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.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
**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."
After 25 years of manual winding Daytona, the introduction of the automatic reference 16520 was the most important evolution in the history of the celebrated model.
The watch was completely redesigned and was fitted with the new calibre 4030 based on the Zenith El Primero. Even if the 16520 was produced for only a dozen years, the model saw several developments, mainly consisting in the layout of the dial. In fact, 5 different changes have been identified.
This piece belongs to the fourth evolution that corresponds to watches produced between the end of 1993 and 1998. The 4th series is recognisable with the introduction of new, flatter and bolder font for the numerals in the subsidiary dial as well as the "straight 6" in the chronograph hour subsidiary dial.
For watch collectors, the patina of the dial plays a key role. More than a sign of authenticity, it reveals the passage of time, reflects the personal life of the timepiece and gives it a unique character and appeal. With the standardization of the watch production and the use of more stable components, most of the pieces produced after 1990 are lacking this essential aspect. This rule is also true for the famous Rolex chronograph. Nonetheless, there are a few exceptions, as demonstrated by the present specimen. Some of the 16520s fitted with a black dial produced between 1993 and 1997 have seen their silver chapter rings of their subsidiary dials changing colour to a tropical brown shade. Sometimes referred as Patrizzi, each piece has a different patina, making them unique. Some are more appealing than others and enthusiasts will favour a rich, pronounced patina such as the present lot. Its subsidiary dials have turned into an harmonious and deep brown patina that is immediately captivating and recognizable while remaining unique.
In addition to its superb dial, the watch is presented with its original accessories including its Guarantee and presentation case. Furthermore, the watch has just been serviced by Rolex and still bears its protective stickers.
This piece is an exceptional opportunity for a collector to add a high quality and truly special Zenith Daytona to their collection.