1997 Rolex Daytona White Dial U Series Ref.16520 (with boxes and booklets)

Year of issue: 1997
Reference number: 16520
Condition: mint
Status: sold
Dealer country: Dubai
Dealer name: Tariq Malik
Price in US $ n/a


The white Zenith The Reference 16520 was launched in 1988 as the first self-winding Daytona from Rolex. Because Rolex at that time wasn't able to master it themselves they introduced the watch with the Zenith Cal.4030 automatic movement. It was an upgraded version of the original El Primero Cal.400 with extensive modifications such as as a new escapement with a much larger, freely sprung balance and balance spring with Breguet overcoil to enhance accuracy. Further a  reduction in the balance's oscillation rate from 36,000 beats per hour to 28,800 beats per hour. All in all Rolex removed about 50% of the original parts from the movement and replaced them with their own. The date function was simply removed. A Daytona never had a date and we think it will never have one. In line with the above changes to the movement there were more firsts. The 16520 now had a sapphire crystal and a larger 40mm case. With all modifications the new Daytona became much more contemporary and wearable given its technical properties. The market for these has gone up upon strong demand and there are times we cannot get our hands on a nice example. We are happy to offer this watch with boxes and booklets.

Brand Rolex
Model Daytona 'Zenith'
Ref. No. 16520
Serial No. U710xxx
Year 1997
Gender Gents
Case Size 40mm
Case Very good stainless steel case showing some weaar from age. The bezel is also in very good condition and not showing major wear
Bracelet / Strap The watch comes with a very good matching Oyster bracelet showing moderate wear
Dial Excellent black dial
Price Sold
Crystal Sapphire
Movement Automatic, Zenith
Functions Chronograph
Condition Very good
Box Inner & outer Box
Papers Wallet, booklets


Tariq Malik