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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1990
    Reference No: 16520
    Case No: L28****
    Model Name: Daytona
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal.4030, 31 jewel, based on a Zenith El Primero
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 40mm
    Accessories: Full set with booklets and service history

  • Artist Biography


    Swiss • 1905

    Founded in 1905 England by Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis as Wilsdorf & Davis, it soon became known as the Rolex Watch Company in 1915, moving its headquarters to Geneva in 1919. Like no other company, the success of the wristwatch can be attributed to many of Rolex's innovations that made them one of the most respected and well-known of all luxury brands. These innovations include their famous "Oyster" case — the world's first water resistant and dustproof watch case, invented in 1926 — and their "Perpetual" — the first reliable self-winding movement for wristwatches launched in 1933. They would form the foundation for Rolex's Datejust and Day-Date, respectively introduced in 1945 and 1956, but also importantly for their sports watches, such as the Explorer, Submariner and GMT-Master launched in the mid-1950s.

    One of its most famous models is the Cosmograph Daytona. Launched in 1963, these chronographs are without any doubt amongst the most iconic and coveted of all collectible wristwatches. Other key collectible models include their most complicated vintage watches, including references 8171 and 6062 with triple calendar and moon phase, "Jean Claude Killy" triple date chronograph models and the Submariner, including early "big-crown" models and military-issued variants.

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Ref. 16520
One of the rarest and most beautiful 'Zenith' Daytonas, this L-series example was born with the ultra-desirable '4 Line' dial, early 200 unit bezel and first generation matte finish Oyster bracelet. Almost impossible to find complete with the original punched certificate and box, this example also has Rolex service papers confirming this rare 16520's authenticity inside and out.