Rolex The full set Zenith Daytona ref. 16520

Model: ,
Year of issue: 1998
Reference number: 16520
Condition: mint
Status: reserved
Dealer country: Monaco
Price in EUR € n/a


Breathtaking example of Rolex Zenith Daytona ref. 16520, manufactured in 1998. This specimen is preserved in absolutely mint condition, with its sticker on the case back. Sold by Wempe - Hamburg in 1998, it is accompanied by the original Rolex guarantee, box and booklets. 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.: U284xxx Cal.: Automatic, cal. 4030 Diam.:  39mm Box & Papers: Original Rolex Guarantee, Box and booklets Manufactured in: 1998


Corrado Mattarelli


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.