Rolex “The full set Porcelain Daytona ref. 16520”

Model: ,
Year of issue: 1987
Reference number: 16520
Condition: hardly worn
Status: sold
Dealer country: Monaco
Price in EUR € n/a


Extremely rare and early steel Rolex Daytona ref. 16520,  manufactured in 1987. This extraordinary R8-Serial Number features the sought-after “Porcelain” dial which was fitted only with the earliest 16520. The “Cosmograph” script is floating below the text at 12 o’clock. The sought-after first generation steel bezel is calibrated to 200 units. The black graphics and the Red Daytona were printed on the surface of the dial, giving an amazing three-dimensional and “vibrant” effect to these writings which elevate the uniqueness of this spectacular reference. Preserved in amazing condition, the present example is furthermore accompanied with the Original Rolex Guarantee, the Rolex Box and booklets which increase the rarity and the desirability of this outstanding timepiece. Case n: R884xxx Calibre: Automatic, cal. 4030 Diameter: 39,5 mm Box & Papers: Original Guarantee, Rolex Box and booklets, additional steel bracelet link Manufactured in 1987


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.