1997 Rolex Daytona White Tritium Dial Ref. 16520 (Full Set)

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

Description

The black 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. All in all Rolex removed about 50% of the original parts from the movement and replaced them with their own. In line with the 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 example offered here is one of the later ones produced in 1997, 4 years before the reference was discontinued and the new 116520 with 100% in-house movement was launched. The white dial with original lumes is signed 'T Swiss Made T' indicating the use of Tritium luminous on dial and hands which was changed to Luminova later in 1997, makes this piece one of the last ones released with Tritium dial. The case and bracelet are sharp and crisp and retained in beautiful and strong condition with well defined proportions, not to forget the very crisp bezel still with all the enameling in. This stunning watch was sold in 1998 at Bucherer in Luzern for 6,050 Swiss Franc as the original invoice states. Apart from that the watch comes with everything you can imagine, box, carton, hang tag, calendar, all booklets, Rolex Service Card and Invoice from Bucherer and original punched warranty, making this a super full set.

SKU 1.2.031
Brand Rolex
Model Daytona White Tritium dial
Ref. No. 16520
Serial No. U165XXX
Year 1997
Gender Gents
Case Size 40mm
Case Excellent case that has been polished lightly and is retaining sharp factory finishing. Numbers are clear. The bezel is also in very good condition still retaining its black enameling.
Bracelet / Strap Excellent 78390 Oyster bracelet with polished center links. The bracelet has 12 links and very little stretch from age. The clasp code Z dates it to 1997
Dial Excellent white Tritium dial with matching hands
Price Sold
Crystal Sapphire
Movement Automatic, Zenith Cal. 4030
Functions Chronograph
Condition Mint
Box Orig. box and carton
Papers Orig. punched Certificate by Bucherer, Rolex Service Card & Invoice, calendar, booklets, and original invoice

Dealer

Tariq Malik

DAYTONA BEACH 1960

Birth of a Horological Icon Timepiece  The myth around the iconic Rolex Daytona has spread around the world recent years. Always has the Daytona model been attached to motor racing, at first Rolex called their new Cosmograph the “Le Mans” and little later to “Daytona” when Rolex started to sponsor the well known U.S. speedway.
Cosmograph: a name that was to be the forerunner of great fortune. Actually, the choice of the name proved to be neither easy nor expected. Whilst Rolex on the one hand flirted with the car-racing world, on the other hand it could not remain unaware of the vast media attention, which at that time was surrounding the conquest of outer space.