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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 and the present lot is part of the third iteration distinguished by the 5 lines of text and the 'inverted 6' within the hours chronograph counter.
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.
Accompanied by an international guarantee and a leather wallet.
Case is in overall very good condition. Chronograph function is working properly.
Bezel with extremely minor signs of wear, hardly visible to the naked eye.
Band with extremely minor surface wear to 1 o'clock and 9 o'clock. The watch is unpolished.
Case back is in excellent overall condition with original green factory sticker retaining.
Bracelet with very light surface wear at places.
Movement is running at time of cataloguing; however, it was not tested for the accuracy of time or duration of the power reserve and may need service at the buyer's discretion. Please note that Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement..