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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1991
    Reference No: 16520
    Case No: L686***
    Model Name: "Zenith" Daytona
    Material: Stainless Steel
    Calibre: Automatic Rolex Calibre 4030 Chronograph
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless Steel "All Matte" Oyster Bracelet
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless Steel Folding Clasp "Pre-Fliplock"
    Accessories: Rolex box, punched certificate, wallet, Daytona booklet

  • 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
This "Zenith" Daytona sports an ultra-rare and very beautiful dial variant only found in a very tight serial range around L68****, this superb 16520 is complete with its original Rolex punched certificate and box. Characterised by the text layout of the later 5 line dials but still retaining the beautiful heavily serifs and extravagant flourishes of the earliest automatic Daytonas, we are proud to present this in superb condition and fitted to the early all-matte bracelet with correct non-fliplock clasp.