Rolex, A stainless steel automatic chronograph wristwatch with bracelet, Ref. 16520, ‘Zenith’ Daytona, circa 2000
Movement: cal. 4030 automatic, 31 jewels
Dial: black, applied luminescent indexes, subsidiary dials for constant seconds, 30-minute and 12-hour registers
Case: stainless steel, screw-down back, crown and pushers, Oyster bracelet, no. P111437
Signed: case, dial, movement and bracelet
Dimensions: diameter 39mm, bracelet circumference approximately 195mm.
Accessories: Rolex Oyster presentation case, leather card holder, Rolex Oyster booklet £12,000-£15,000
The ‘Zenith’ Daytona is an extremely important model in the history of the Rolex Daytona. Introduced in 1988, this was Rolex’s first self-winding chronograph. The movement was manufactured by Zenith but extensively modified by Rolex to its own specification.
Over the 12 years of its production, the Zenith Daytona underwent a few changes, the last one being the introduction of the luminova dial in 1998.
Rolex stopped using the Zenith movement in 2000 when it debuted its own in-house calibre 4130.
This iconic watch is highly sought-after by watch collectors around the world.