Rolex The full set First generation Zenith Daytona ref. 16520

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Year of issue: 1988

Reference number: 16520

Serial number: R782xxx

Condition: mint

Status: sold

Dealer country: Monaco

Price in EUR €: n/a

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Extremely rare Rolex Zenith Daytona ref. 16520, manufactured in 1988. This extraordinary specimen is an early example of the famous ‘R’ series from the 1st generation of production in 1988. The black glossy dial is featuring the Floating “Cosmograph” signature and is enhanced by the warm ivory tone of the registers. Original calibrated bezel graduated to 200 units per hour. Sold in Japan in 1989 , it is accompanied by the original Rolex guarantee, box and booklet. For the Daytona’s 25th anniversary, Rolex surprised the public at the 1988 Basel fair by introducing the first self winding chronograph model in its history. The newly launched reference 16520 was powered by a derivative of Zenith’s El Primero calibre, substantially modified by Rolex. It was the first Daytona to be equipped with a sapphire crystal and a new larger diameter of 39mm. The launch of the 16520 was an immediate success and elevated the Daytona to its current mythical status. Case n.: R782xxx Cal.: Automatic, cal. 4030 Diam.: 39mm Box & Papers: Original Rolex Guarantee , Box and booklets Manufactured in: 1988


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