Rolex Daytona 116520

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Another 'thin hand' 116520 in This Week's Watches. However, this time with a white dial. The 116520 we can offer you dates back to 2002 and is in absolute mint condition! Characteristically for this reference is the thin handset, which was used in the first few years of production. This Cosmograph has a case size of 40 mm and the case, engraved bezel and Oyster bracelet are made from stainless steel. The Daytona running an in-house movement came in different variations but the stainless steel one is definitely our favourite. The one with the white dial is a perfect summer watch in our opinion.

Introduction

WhiteRolex DaytonaRolex started making chronographs in the 1930s, but it was only in 1963 that a named product line was introduced: the Cosmograph. In some early advertisements, Rolex referred to the watch as the ‘Le Mans’ after the famous race track in France, although the name never appeared on the dial. After a few years, the line was officially renamed Cosmograph Daytona, after the racetrack in Florida.The most noticeable difference between these Cosmograph (Daytona) models and earlier Rolex chronographs, was the tachymeter scale (used for measuring distance and speed) that was moved from its traditional placement on the dial to the bezel. Furthermore, the dial was updated with the introduction of contrasting sub-dials.It’s hard to imagine now, but Daytonas received little love after their release. Most Daytonas languished in dealer displays for years and were only started to get noticed by Italian collectors and dealers in the late 1980s. Nowadays, Daytonas are among the most sought after Rolex models, fetching prices from $15,000 for modern ones to many millions for rare vintage references. A big contrast with the $210 list price when it was first released!

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Packages are generally dispatched within 2 days after receipt of payment and are shipped within the Netherlands by Registered Mail through the Dutch carrier PostNL and for other countries by Fedex. Consult us if you prefer another method of shipping. For most destinations tracking is available.