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Rolex Daytona 16520
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Because a ceramic Daytona is so mainstream, we deliver you a magnificent Zenith Daytona. And guess what? There is not even a waiting list. 1988 was the introduction of the second-generation Daytona; the Zenith Daytona starting with reference 16520. This Daytona, dating back to 1997 (so, still with a tritium index), is a very handsome specimen. Furthermore, this watch has a clear, white dial that matches your white sneakers or your white dress shirt. The Zenith Daytonas are larger (40 mm) than their predecessors. The crown guards, chronograph pushers and sapphire crystal make it a very robust, sporty watch that could be a great daily beater for anyone! The watch is powered by the famous El Primero-based Zenith caliber 4030, which was Rolex's first self-winding chronograph movement. Its predecessor, the 62XX-series, housed a Valjoux caliber and the third generation, which was introduced in 2000, houses a complete Rolex in-house movement.Recently, a similar Daytona was picked up at our store by a very stylish woman. So, also the ladies are welcome to come and check this piece out!
Rolex 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!