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.
Movement: running and chronograph working at the time of cataloguing
Dial: in good condition, subsidiary dials with lovely cream patina
Case: light scuffs from wear. Edges to the case are very sharp, in good original condition. Bracelet with scuffs, no. AB4 78390A.
Please note that the watch has not been tested for the accuracy of its time keeping and would benefit from a service at the buyer’s expense.